Melissa has been involved with board development for seventeen years. In her current position, she works closely with the executive director and the board on issues ranging from strategic planning to capital fund raising to board recruitment and policies. Previously, as development director at Poets House, she worked with executive and board leaders to mount the organization’s first capital campaign, securing a permanent home for Poets House in Lower Manhattan. As a consultant, she has worked with a variety of arts and cultural organizations to strengthen boards and organizational fund raising capacity. Melissa holds a BFA from New York University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Evan has been involved in organizational development and board building for 25 years. In his current position as a consultant, he works closely with organizations to identify, recruit and train effective board members for a wide variety of organizations and institutions in the education, arts and social service sectors. He also plays a critical role in strategies for board engagement, including effective meeting structures, committee roles and responsibilities, and leadership development. As Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, Deputy Director of the International Center of Photography and founding President of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, Evan spearheaded board-building and the development of board operating structures that substantially strengthened each organization. He earned a BA in Art History from Columbia, an MA in History from NYU, and an MBA in Management from Baruch College. He has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards and has worked with dozens more.
Nancy has been involved with board development for over 30 years years. In her current position as Director of the Dobkin Family Foundation, she provides technical assistance on board development and governance issues to the foundation's grantee partners. Nancy was formerly Senior Vice President of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore where she was responsible for recruiting and training board members and providing leadership as the members learned governance and leadership skills. She has also served as Executive Director of the National Republican Coalition for Choice where she was responsible for building the board of this start-up organization. Past board service includes the the Jewish Funder’s Network, the National Abortion Rights Action League, the Jewish Women’s Archive and Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow Program. Nancy currently serves on the national boards of the Bikkurim and the American Jewish World Service.
Lynn has been involved in board development for 22 years. In her current position, she is responsible for working closely with the Executive Director and Board to foster trustee engagement in advancing its mission, particularly through the work of the Committee on Trustees and other Board advisory committees. Previously she held development positions at American Ballet Theatre, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the American Federation of Arts. Lynn earned an AB in Art History from Colby College and an MBA in Arts Management from SUNY Binghamton. She has served as a trustee of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation and is an officer of the Museums Council of New York City.
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