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PAFA Appoints New Chief Development Officer & Senior Vice President

Jane Allsopp is appointed Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President at PAFA

PHILADELPHIA (June 11, 2020) -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Allsopp as Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President. In this role, Jane will develop and lead PAFA's comprehensive fundraising initiatives, working with senior staff, the Board of Trustees, and the development team to ensure the long-term ability to expand the reach of PAFA's mission as the nation's oldest art school and art museum. She will begin at PAFA on June 22.

Jane brings to PAFA a wealth of experience as a leader in the cultural sector of Philadelphia. Most recently, she served as a Principal Gifts Officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she was a senior member of the team leading a comprehensive $525 million campaign, the largest cultural fundraising effort in the region's history. Her previous professional positions include Senior Director of Major Gifts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Director of Development for the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University, and Director of Development at the Pennsylvania Ballet, among other roles. As an active volunteer in Philadelphia, Jane has been involved with a number of organizations and events including Women in Development, Philadelphia, the Program Book and Invitation Committees for the Academy Ball, a member of the Board and Development Chair for BalletX, and a member and Chair of the National Philanthropy Awards Committee.

"As a lifelong Philadelphian, PAFA has always been an institution I have admired and been inspired by," said Jane Allsopp. "The Annual Student Exhibition is a highlight of my calendar each year and has allowed me to get to know many of the talented students and faculty, my family enjoys the children's programs and of course, the collection and exhibitions are amazing. I am honored to work alongside David Brigham, an inspiring leader, the dedicated Board of Trustees, staff and faculty to steward its loyal donors and to expand the base of philanthropic support to ensure its rich artistic legacy and an exciting future."

"It is such a pleasure to welcome Jane Allsopp to PAFA as Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President," said David R. Brigham, President and CEO. "Jane is a proven leader in education and the arts in Philadelphia, having made a tremendous impact on numerous cultural institutions throughout the city over nearly three decades. As PAFA works to expand our mission and meet the challenges of this contemporary moment, I am confident that Jane will be an important partner and valuable member of this community."

Last Updated
June 11, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.