What is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities?
My official title is development assistant. I support the director of development in all fundraising activities. On a typical day, I might be processing and acknowledging gifts, working on grant proposals and reports, attending meetings with potential sponsors, scheduling board committee meetings, or assisting with the planning of special events such as the upcoming Inventing the Modern World gala opening (October 12th, mark your calendars!). The best part of the job is being able to work closely with so many people—other CMA staff (curators, director, education, publications, etc.), board members, donors, as well as with our central development office which manages fundraising for all four Carnegie Museums. Never a dull moment!
What were you doing before joining us at CMA?
Most recently I was living in Los Angeles and interning at the Getty Foundation, the philanthropic wing of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It was a wonderful experience, and I was able to work on both local and international funding initiatives, including Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. Before that, I received my masters in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where I interned at MOCA Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)?
If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be?
This would require much more stealth and guile than I possess, but I’d like the entire Hall of Architecture! Or, if I’m feeling less ambitious, I’d settle for this tiny, beautiful dining room from our Collection of Miniatures (from our Instagram):