Caitlin Lutsch is a senior operations specialist at the Stanley Foundation. She plans and manages key convening components of the foundation’s programming activities, in particular major meetings, summits, workshops, and conferences. She brings together the key actors in each issue area activity and handles logistics of travel, accommodation, meeting space and protocol requirements. In addition, Caitlin researches, identifies, and implements tools and software to improve foundation operations, including training to best use technologies such as Salesforce, DocuSign, and Cvent.
She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in business administration and majors in international business and marketing. At Washington University, she planned events for 1,400 students and spent six months working in London. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco and managed the marketing campaign for the San Francisco 49ers football team as they moved to their new stadium and coordinated advertising campaigns for the Oakland Athletics baseball team.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I started at the Stanley Foundation in July 2015. I plan and execute foundation events, whether it’s a workshop, conference, panel, or reception. I research venues, handle invitations, organize logistics, and coordinate travel arrangements.
I’m also a part of the operations team, so I try to make sure the different areas of our foundation can work together effectively by researching new technology and tools for the office.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working on events that aim to address critical issues of peace and security. It gives my job a deeper meaning and allows me to meet people with so much knowledge and passion for addressing big topics with complex solutions.
I have a background in events and marketing but am also interested in international relations. This job combines my professional skills and personal interests, which makes it exciting and fulfilling to come to work every day.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy backpacking and have a deep love for the Rocky Mountains after a trip to Banff National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana last year. I’ve played volleyball since I was 13, and sand volleyball is still one of my favorite activities. I will watch any sporting event, with American football and baseball topping the list. I also serve on the Habitat for Humanity fund-raising committee in Iowa City and love working on construction of new homes.