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SFMOMA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Release date: January 21, 2011

SFMOMA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Jonathan L. Peterson, Director of Development; photo: courtesy SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan L. Peterson as the museum's new director of development.  Peterson begins his role at SFMOMA on January 18, 2011. 

Peterson joins SFMOMA after four years as deputy director of development for San Francisco Opera, where he was responsible for contributed income of $35 million annually and managed a department of 28. During his tenure there, he successfully expanded board and volunteer leadership in fundraising; launched Orpheus, a young philanthropists giving society to engage the next generation of donors; increased annual support by 16 percent; and grew membership in the planned giving society by 50 percent over four years. 

Prior to joining San Francisco Opera, Peterson gained fundraising experience in leadership roles including vice president for development and community engagement for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; associate director of development for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and annual fund manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Peterson holds both a Bachelors of Music in performance and an MBA in finance from Butler University. He has served on the boards of several national and local civic organizations in the fields of music, arts advocacy, human rights, and competitive sports.

At SFMOMA, Peterson will provide strategic leadership in the development of philanthropic relationships throughout the Bay Area in support of SFMOMA's programmatic priorities. He will also be responsible for annual support from individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as special events and membership.

About SFMOMA

SFMOMA welcomes more than 650,000 visitors and 46,000 students visit each year. Since opening its South of Market building in 1995, SFMOMA has added more than 13,000 works to its collections, 95 percent of which were donated, doubling its holdings to 26,000 works. At the same time, SFMOMA's family programs have increased five-fold, teacher-training programs have increased six-fold, and gallery tours have expanded to 1,800. SFMOMA has mounted a series of exhibitions that have drawn both record attendance and critical praise, including recent exhibitions by Diane Arbus, Olafur Eliasson, Eva Hesse, Frida Kahlo, William Kentridge, Sol LeWitt, Richard Tuttle, and Jeff Wall. The museum celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010.

Media Contacts

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.
 

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.

 

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