What have you been up to since graduating from the Arts Administration program?
I have worked in fundraising for the nearly 30 years (!) since I graduated. I've worked in higher ed, social services and for three arts and cultural organizations, as well as dabbling some in fundraising consulting work.
How did UC’s Arts Administration program affect your career path?
I already knew I wanted to work in performing arts administration when I entered the program. The two internships I had while in the program just confirmed I was on the right path!
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Retired?? Seriously, I will be wrapping up an endowment campaign at Rochester Area Community Foundation, and I expect I will be planning a big celebration in 2022! Then, I might go back into consulting.
What makes you excited to go to work?
I love working for Rochester Area Community Foundation. Leading their endowment campaign is a perfect culmination of all my previous work for Rochester nonprofit organizations. I know the work I'm doing will ensure there are resources available to support all manner of Rochester-area nonprofits for generations to come.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
There are a lot of particular projects that I am proud to have worked on — fundraising for a post-9/11 exhibit called "Picturing What Matters" at George Eastman Museum stands out — but I'd have to say, and this is more about gratification then about pride, that it's been the pleasure of working with so many fine donors that I am most "proud" of. Working with people as they support something that has true and deep meaning to them, is working with people at their very best.
Any other exciting news?
Not really, other than my husband, a fellow CCM Arts Admin alum, and I are about to celebrate our 29th anniversary.