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CSMA names new development director


The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) recently named Lisa R. James its new development director.

In the senior leadership position, James will oversee a departmental staff of three and be responsible for fundraising, donor cultivation, recognition activities and special events. CSMA is the largest non-profit provider of arts education programs in the region and among the top 10 schools of its kind in the United States.

“Lisa James comes to CSMA with more than 20 years of senior-level development experience and an exceptional record of accomplishment in fundraising and donor cultivation, strategic planning and organizational management,” said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng. “Her commitment to arts education and her extensive experience in key areas, including annual funds, capital and endowment campaigns and planned giving, make her an excellent leader of our development team.”

CSMA’s budget for 2011-2012 is $4.7 million, with an annual fundraising goal of approximately $1.3 million.

James’ Bay Area experience includes five years at the San Francisco Opera, the second-largest opera company in the Americas. As director of development, she crafted and drove a fundraising campaign resulting in $34 million of operating support during a period of financial restructuring.

As vice president for advancement at the San Francisco Art Institute, her accomplishments included rebuilding the organization’s development operation during a period of leadership transition, and management of the Institute’s 135th Anniversary Gala, doubling attendance and income. Most recently, James served as director of development at Opera Colorado.

James has significant development experience in other non-profit sectors, including senior-level positions at Earthjustice; the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter; and Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus.

“CSMA plays a critical role in this arts-rich region,” James said. “Our educational programs train future artists and audiences alike, fostering appreciation of the many cultures woven together in the Peninsula. I am honored to join this extraordinary team of faculty, volunteers and staff.”

James earned a master’s degree in business and arts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver.

Throughout her career, James has been an active presenter, panelist and site evaluator for arts organizations, serving on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and regional arts foundations and federations. As a speaker, she has been a presenter at the Soros Foundation Eastern Europe Arts Management Seminar and at national and regional arts conferences in Canada and the U.S. James currently serves on the national board of directors of Breast Cancer Action, where she is a member of the executive and finance committees and was development committee chairwoman in 2009.

CSMA is located at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

For more information, call 917-6800 or visit www.arts4all.org.

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