Lorena Levy Alonso
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Levy Alonso & Rodriguez Consulting Group
Lorena is co-founder and Managing Partner of the LARC Group. Founded in 2014, the LARC Group is a Chicago-based boutique consulting firm providing strategic fundraising counsel, special event management and executive search to nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago.
Lorena brings more than 25 years of experience working in and with Chicago’s nonprofit sector. Through her various roles, she has helped organizations build and expand their fundraising capacity, with expertise focused on fundraising strategy development and execution, annual fund campaigns, individual and major gift fundraising, and special events. Additionally, she leads the firm’s search services for recruitment and placement of executive-level Development positions. While her current and past clients have ranged from nonprofit start-ups, to educational institutions, to large human service organizations with budgets larger than $30M, her passion lies working with small and mid-size organizations providing direct services to underserved and under-resourced communities.
Prior to starting the LARC Group, Lorena led the fundraising and communications team at Casa Central, the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest for 17 years. As a member of the executive leadership team for Casa Central, Lorena was responsible for private and public fundraising, individual and major gifts, special events and marketing and communications supporting an organizational budget of $16M. She also served as a Senior Associate for Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, where she was responsible for client management as well as the firm’s operations and business development.
Lorena earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and participated in The Kellogg School of Management’s Nonprofit Scholars Program.