AFP-NJ Chapter Leadership

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which represents more than 31,000 members in 240 chapters throughout the world, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. AFP fosters the professional development of fundraising professionals and promotes ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For additional information you can visit the AFP website.

The New Jersey Chapter of AFP (AFP NJ), one of the largest chapters, is an individual member association that advances philanthropy through education, training, and advocacy across the state. We base our programs and services on research, experience and the highest code of ethical principles and standards of professional practice. 

Please visit AFP for information regarding the association’s Ethical Standards and Practices.


AFP New Jersey, an association of professionals throughout NJ and the NY Metro area, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP NJ fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, and advocacy.


Fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world.


If you can spare some time, we would welcome your involvement. Our chapter can always use a capable pair of hands and the insight of professionals at all levels in the nonprofit sector. If you are interested in serving on or chairing a committee, or serving on the board, send us an email and someone will reach out to you.


Gwen Paxon, MA, CFRE
Catapult Fundraising

and VP of Resource Development

Natalie R. Krauser, CFRE

VP of Professional Advancement
Kate Hughes
The Angeletti Group

Geoffrey S. Close, CAPTM, CIMA®, CLTC®, CPWA®, CWS®
IMPACT Philanthropy Partners
Immediate Past President and 
COP Co-Chair
Ray Brush, MBA

View our Past Presidents Here

Committee Chairs

Conference on Philanthropy
Steven Pomerantz
Steven Pomerantz Nonprofit Consulting

Excellence in Philanthropy Awards

Jon Paparsenos
Seton Hall University

Government Relations & Advocacy

Brett R. Harris, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Lara E. Tilley-Bouez
CCS Fundraising


Marianne E. Balazs, MBA
The Arc of Bergen & Passaic Counties

Fidel Garcia
Sage Eldercare

Sidney Jackson
NJ Symphony

Rena Jordan
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Wendy McNeil

Glenn Miller
RWJBarnabas Health

Mary Packer
Montclair Public Library Foundation