Monique Hanson joined NPR in October 2012, in the role of the NPR Chief Development Officer. In that capacity, Hanson leads the NPR fundraising programs — including major and planned giving, and foundation grants, which taken together are the third largest source of revenue for NPR. As CDO, she works closely with major stations and Trustees of the NPR Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to raise financial support for NPR, Inc.
A development professional with more than two decades of experience, Hanson comes to NPR after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for YMCA of the USA, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country. She was recruited to the organization in 2004 and served as its chief fundraising strategist and operational leader. She was specifically brought on board to dramatically enhance contributed revenue and reposition the national corporate and foundation profile.
From 2001 to 2004, Hanson served as the Senior Director of Development for the Alzheimer's Association at its national headquarters in Chicago. In this position, she built a national/chapter collaborative fundraising project that raised millions.
Prior to her work with the Alzheimer's Association, Hanson successfully served in fundraising positions for Roosevelt University, The Newberry Library, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Hanson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.