Lara Melnik is the Giving Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America and supports all fundraising initiatives on the Development team including donor engagement, gift solicitation, and the stewardship of individual donors and corporate partners.

With more than 10 years of experience in both private and nonprofit settings, Lara is an accomplished project manager in event planning, fundraising campaigns, and building strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Prevent Child Abuse America, Lara worked in fundraising and event management at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, MA and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. She earned a BSBA in Marketing Management and Advertising/Public Relations at Youngstown State University.

Lara has a strong passion for helping others, particularly families and children who face social inequities in our community. She is dedicated to advocating for child welfare so all children will have the opportunity to thrive.