Audra Moran, Chief Executive Officer
|Audra Moran assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in March 2010, bringing over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience. As CEO, she heads the largest charity funding ovarian cancer research in the United States. She directs the organization’s overall strategy, operations and fundraising to promote scientific progress and hasten breakthroughs in diagnostics and treatments with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for ovarian cancer.
Under Audra’s leadership, OCRF’s annual revenue has increased by over 20% in two years, website traffic has doubled twice in two years, and grant applications have increased 104% since 2010. She has extended the organization’s national reach by expanding grassroots supporters around the country, and by acquiring another nonprofit organization, Ovarian Cycle, with indoor cycling events nationwide. Her board development has resulted in seven new Directors, as well as increased enthusiasm and participation overall. Along with her dedicated board, she continues to work towards growing OCRF’s presence and prestige.
Audra’s devotion to raising funds for research is matched only by her desire to improve the lives of women and their families who have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis. One of her proudest achievements involves recognizing a need, identifying a local model, and developing the national expansion of a support program for women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers, Woman to Woman. She secured national corporate sponsorship to ensure the success of the program and awarded new grants to three partner institutions. OCRF’s Woman to Woman Program will expand to at least 15 cities within the next three years, and serves as the perfect complement to OCRF’s robust research program.
Audra has dedicated her career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with an emphasis on medical research grantmaking. Prior to joining OCRF, she served as Vice President for Development and Scientific Affairs at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) where she oversaw both fundraising and the annual $20 million international research grant program. While there, she also served as Program Advisor to the Schizophrenia Research Forum, the largest web hub for researchers in schizophrenia and related disorders, and was an ex-officio member of the Psychiatric Genome-Wide Association Scan (GWAS) Consortium Coordinating Committee. Audra began her post-graduate career as a rehabilitation counselor at Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, New York.
Audra serves as Board Secretary for Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, a national nonprofit which advocates for increased basic scientific research to cure psychiatric brain disorders. She was formerly Vice President of the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development (YCSD), a local civic organization advocating for strategic, environmentally-friendly, inclusive development in the city of Yonkers, organizing private benefits and a symposium for municipal and city government leaders to promote thoughtful waterfront development in Westchester County. Audra was also a member of the River Communities Coalition of Yonkers, and has served as a volunteer for the MS Society of America. Audra holds a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling with a mental health concentration from the University of South Florida. She currently resides in Dobbs Ferry, New York, with her husband and son.