Candi Strong-Lapides

Development Associate


Candi joined PCA as a Development Associate in the Bay Area’s Mountain View office in March 2020. As a part of the Development Team, she is responsible for managing donations, assisting with events and special projects, providing support for funder research, contributing to writing/editing projects and building connections with donors and funders.

Candi is an alumna of Michigan State University, where her focus of study was art and interior design. Her career has been primarily centered on Community and Donor Relations, working in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her most recent roles have been as an Analyst at San Jose State University in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and at RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), where she served as the Corporate Relations Manager, building sustainable relationships with corporate donors. Candi has extensive fundraising experience, as well as expertise in strategic planning, program development, event management, and communications. She sees all challenges as great opportunities and strives to bring creativity and the spirit of collaboration into everything she does.

Candi has two daughters, Aly and Kira, who have both been involved in sports, specifically soccer, Tai Kwon Do, softball and competitive dance. They are all huge San Francisco Giants fans and try to go to as many games as possible. Although her girls were raised in the Bay Area, Candi’s childhood was spent in Minnesota and her high school and college years took place in Michigan. A nature lover, Candi likes to spend as much time as she can in or near the woods. Another love very close to her heart is creating multi-media art, which she hopes to show in a gallery one day.

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