National Deer Association (NDA) Announces New Chief Development Officer

National Deer Association (NDA) Announces New Chief Development Officer

The National Deer Association (NDA) is pleased to announce Lauren Varner as the new Chief Development Officer (CDO). As CDO, Varner will have strategic oversight and operational responsibility for all aspects of philanthropic giving including special events, annual fund, major gifts, deferred gifts, corporate giving and foundation giving. Additionally, she will be responsible for all points of the development cycle including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  

“We are very excited that Lauren is joining our team,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA President and CEO. “Her extensive experience and impressive track record will make an immediate positive impact on our team as she helps us achieve our ambitious mission to serve deer and hunters.”

Varner comes to NDA with over 10 years of applicable experience in the areas of fundraising, board development, creative marketing, leadership, community relations and philanthropy. She joins the NDA following her position as Vice President of Advancement for the Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mother Teresa Academy. Varner previously held the position of Assistant Director of Advancement at the Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy. She also has experience as a Retail Development Plan Associate – Branch Manager for National City Bank/PNC Bank. 

“I am so happy to be joining the National Deer Association as the Chief Development Officer,” said Varner. “The NDA has such an important mission, and every member of the team shows such passion for the cause. I already feel right at home and look forward to contributing in so many ways.” 

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About the National Deer Association

Formally launched on November 10, 2020, the National Deer Association is a non-profit deer conservation group that leads efforts to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Formed by combining the strengths of two long-serving, successful organizations, the National Deer Association has a combined 38 years of action that has changed deer management for the betterment of hunting and protected North America’s most vital and admired game species for future generations. Visit or follow @deerassociation on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.