Kagan graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at Auburn University in 2015, with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and History. Diving headfirst into the nonprofit world, she instantly recognized her passion for fundraising and outreach, leading her to earn her Master of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University in 2018. Prior to arriving at Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), she served in development roles at three other nonprofits in Pensacola, FL and Nashville, TN, leading and supporting a wide variety of programming including grant requests totaling $1 million+, fundraising events netting $100,000+, sponsorships, annual and major giving, workplace giving and more. Bringing with her 9+ years of nonprofit development experience, Kagan was promoted to Development Manager in October 2021 following her role as Development Specialist. Joining the organization in June 2020, she immediately saw the potential to elevate development programs to further support critical research, education and conservation work. Since arriving at PWF, nonprofit development revenue has increased by 31 percent. When she’s not working, Kagan enjoys running, reading, paddleboarding and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Raised in Fairfax, VA, you can often find her watching Washington, DC or her Auburn Tigers play in any sport.