After working in sales and doing some volunteer fundraising on the side, Spencer Abruzzese realized that she wasn’t alone in wanting to make the world a better place and do something with a lasting impact.  She found her passion in development and fundraising: matching donors' philanthropic priorities with an organization's mission to do good.  She worked in development at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for eight years, where she also received a masters in International Public Policy focused on strategic studies, after she completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University.  She was a major gifts officer at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for four years.