Albany Law School Director of Development Completes Leadership Capital Region Initiative

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Kaitlyn Lounsbury

Albany Law School Director of Development Kaitlyn Lounsbury is one of 37 area professionals who recently completed a local leadership initiative called Leadership Capital Region.

As part of the nine-month program through the Capital Region Chamber, the class attended eight thought-provoking session days, and collectively completed a community service project from start to finish. This year’s class has partnered with Connect Center for Youth, a community hub for connection and empowerment for youth development programs located in Cohoes, NY.

The group completed The Community Outreach Renewal & Expansion Project in late May. Their efforts helped secure sponsors and donations to upgrade the centers food storage, pantry, and BackPack program packing area. Due to the project, the center is now a member of the Food Pantries of the Capital District, which will help increase the number of families served through the pantry and BackPack program.

“Being a part of Leadership Capital Region was an incredible opportunity. I have a much deeper respect and appreciation for the Capital Region, even having grown up in the area.  I learned so much about so many great industries, organizations, and people in our community. Connecting and networking with other professionals in the Capital Region has also helped me sharpen my relationship building skills and I have made some excellent contacts,” Lounsbury said. “I am so grateful to my colleagues at Albany Law School for their support and encouragement throughout the process as well.”

Dr. Jeffrey Schanz, VP Institutional Advancement and Chief of Staff, Lounsbury, and Geoff Seber Director of Alumni Engagement & Institutional Events

Throughout the program, Lounsbury and her classmates visited numerous community organizations, met with lawmakers and leaders, business trailblazers, entertainment spaces, and more. They also provided several dozen volunteer hours to various groups like the City Mission of Schenectady.  

Lounsbury joined Albany Law School in 2018 as the Director of Annual Giving. She strategically executes and manages a comprehensive annual giving program including: reunion giving, faculty/staff campaigns, student philanthropy, giving societies such as the Barrister Society and other lifetime giving societies, as well as outreach through phone-a-thon and direct mail.

In July 2023, she was promoted to Director of Development.

Lounsbury previously worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Hudson Valley Community College in the alumni, student, and admissions spaces. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business and Management and her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.