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Lavinia Awosanya, MBA, CFRE

Head shot of Lavinia Awosanya, a Black woman in a light blue blazer with a white and blue shirt and earth tone necklaces. She is looking straight on the camera with a smile on her face.In her role as Chief Development Officer, Lavinia Awosanya advances the Food Bank of South Jersey’s mission by leading fundraising, marketing and partnership cultivation strategies for the region’s largest hunger-relief organization. She also oversees and directs all aspects of donor relations, implementing key strategies for scaling fundraising operations and maximizing results. As a part of the executive team, Lavinia helps shape the strategic direction of the organization with the core mission of feeding residents remaining central to all decisions.

Awosanya joined the Food Bank of South Jersey in 2014, and most recently served as Director of Strategic Partnerships where she headed up corporate partnerships working with national brands and multinational corporations on key philanthropic initiatives. Awosanya is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds an MBA with Rutgers University; she also graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from DeVry University. Her earlier experience includes working in London and New York City for one of the world’s leading beauty and skincare brands as part of the sales and management team.

In 2020, Lavinia received the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award by AFP New Jersey – Southern Chapter and was also named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Distinction. She’s a Rotarian and is currently the President-Elect of the Maple Shade Rotary Club. She’s co-chair of the Feeding America Network Fundraising Advisory Council, and currently serves on the board of AFP New Jersey – Southern Chapter as the Vice President of Education and Ethics. Lavinia has also been a guest instructor for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course.

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