Steve Grimes

Steve joins LDF’s New York Office as the Director of Prospect Development and Analytics, Steve was most recently the Associate Director of Data Insight at the Helen Brown Group, a boutique fundraising consulting firm based in Watertown, MA. Prior to that role he was the Assistant Director of NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA. Previously he was also the Director of Development Analytics and Strategy at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC). Before JALC, he joined the ACLU as the Prospect Research Analyst working with the Principal Gifts team in the national office.

In a previous life he pursued academia as a doctoral fellow at Rutgers University, focusing his research on sociology of emotions and visual sociology. When the time allowed, he taught various courses on social inequality, social research, and the sociology of emotions. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, a Master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s University, and a second master’s degree in media studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College. He currently sits on the board of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, serves as co-chair of the American Prospect Research Association (Apra) DEIBJA committee, and co-chair of NEDRA’s (the New England Chapter of Apra) Diversity and Inclusion committee.

In his free time, he enjoys video games, hiking, photography, houseplants, and looking at the stars.


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