KARIN CONOPASK – Development Associate


Karin Conopask (Hopkinton, RI ) has more than 20 years of non-profit professional experience in developing, securing and overseeing private, state and federal grants, developing strategic plans, securing major gifts and establishing endowments.

In 1996 she joined the staff at Slater Mill Historic Site and served as the Curator and Development Director. In those positions she oversaw the protection of the collection, created and wrote grants for exhibits and collection care, managed the annual fund, and initiated a major gift leadership challenge. From 2004 to 2007 she served as the Executive Director of the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, RI, where she increased the annual fund, secured grants to preserve the historic Courthouse building and expanded the public art programming.

In 2007, Ms. Conopask transitioned to the University of Rhode Island as a Director of Development for the Colleges of Nursing and Health Science where she cultivated, solicited and stewarded a portfolio of 200 prospective donors. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Animal Rescue Rhode Island and Director of Development at St. Michael’s Country Day School.

Ms. Conopask received a Master of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, with a concentration in Historic Textiles and Textile Conservation, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science from the same university.

Ms. Conopask is a life-long Rhode Islander, now living in Hopkinton, RI with her husband. She has three grown children all living in the NY metropolitan area. She is an avid gardener, tennis player, golfer and surfer and when she is not doing those activities she is in her studio working on her fiber arts and weaving looms.