Who We Are

The Thread team consists of experts in various disciplines of nonprofit fundraising. As a team, we partner with our clients to provide comprehensive, hands-on development support. We love our work because it allows us the opportunity to enable so many organizations we care passionately about to advance their missions, grow, and thrive — ultimately moving the needle on important social issues in society.

LOREE LIPSTEIN

Founder & Principal|Washington, DC

Loree Lipstein is a passionate and innovative leader with more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit field. She’s used her limitless energy and fierce dedication to making a difference to help advance the work of a number of organizations working to improve important issues within communities. Loree founded Thread because she saw many nonprofits with innovative ideas for how to solve the world’s problems struggle to maximize their impact because of funding obstacles, and knew she had the right team to address this problem. Thread’s partners benefit from Loree’s creative and organized mind, which she uses to guide organizations to new levels of success.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon.

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TRACY SHAW

Principal|Washington, DC

Tracy is a dedicated development professional striving to connect idealists with the resources they need. Tracy has helped a variety of organizations meet the needs of their communities by providing direction and guidance in fundraising planning and execution at local, regional and national levels. It is Tracy’s firm belief that connecting powerful programs with the right resources creates positive change in the world, and it is her goal to be at those intersections to help improve our world. Tracy’s greatest strength is her enthusiasm and it brings her great joy to help people work together, share their stories and strengthen connections to raise the resources needed to solve real-life problems.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Completing the Walt Disney World Triathlon with Team In Training.

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AMY JO O’HEARN

Senior Consultant|Washington, DC

Amy Jo’s nonprofit experience specializes in event planning and execution, peer-to-peer fundraising, donor management and creative fundraising strategy. She has a passion for building lasting relationships while seeing clients meet and exceed revenue goals. Amy Jo is committed to making a positive impact on her community and beyond.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Being present for all three of her children’s first steps.

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ANNA MOROZOVSKY

Senior Consultant|San Francisco, CA

Anna Morozovsky is a talented and experienced professional in the political and nonprofit spheres. Specializing in individual and major gifts, Anna has also managed a number of corporate and foundation partnerships. Anna’s efficient and creative thinking ensures high levels of success in each new fundraising challenge she tackles on behalf of her clients.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Navigating the intricacies of raising twin boys (thus far!).

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TRACI ORTIZ

Senior Consultant|Chicago, IL

Traci has more than 15 years of nonprofit development experience that includes capital campaign management, major gifts, cultivating donors and volunteers, and effectively managing and executing events. Traci strives to develop and maintain lasting relationships with donors, vendors and volunteers by implementing special recognition programs and providing excellent customer service. Traci’s poise and professionalism in all situations have led her clients to use the term “WWTD” (what would Traci do) to guide them in their problem solving.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: The birth of her daughter Annabelle Grace.

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STELA PATRON

Senior Consultant|Washington, DC

Stela was drawn to the nonprofit field nearly 15 years ago when a passion for improving the world in a more tangible way led to a shift in professional focus from civil engineering to nonprofit fundraising and management. Since then, Stela has had a successful career developing strong programs for a variety of organizations spanning the fields of health and wellness, higher education, and professional associations. A detail-oriented “problem solver” by nature, Stela thrives on integrating the skills, talents, interests and dynamics of donors, staff, and volunteers to formulate creative and efficient solutions.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma and being a cancer survivor since 2002.

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HOLLY RICHARDSON

Senior Consultant|Washington, DC

Holly has dedicated her career to nonprofit development and operations, and she now specializes in foundation relations, grant writing and reporting, and effective written communications. Beyond her love of the written word, she is a natural people person able to inspire trust at all levels of an organization. Holly’s tenures at nonprofits both large and small has given her an appreciation for the importance of tailoring fundraising tactics to fit the resources on hand.
Greatest Personal Accomplishment: Running a half-marathon at seven-minute mile pace.

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We’re always looking for talented development professionals to join our team!
If you are interested in learning more about working with Thread, please contact: Loree@threadstrategies.com