The Phoenix Symphony welcomes a new chief development officer

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 5/24/20

The Phoenix Symphony has named veteran arts administrator Kate Francis the new chief development officer to begin her new role on June 1.

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The Phoenix Symphony welcomes a new chief development officer


The Phoenix Symphony has named veteran arts administrator Kate Francis the new chief development officer to begin her new role on June 1.

Joining the organization’s senior leadership team, Ms. Francis will work with The Phoenix Symphony President/CEO Suzanne Wilson and the Board of Directions to provide strategic direction and leadership for all fundraising initiatives including the annual fund; major, corporate and foundation gifts; planned giving and events.

Ms. Francis, who earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy with honors from Monmouth College, Illinois, has held various arts management positions including president and managing director of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois and director of development and marketing for Jazz St. Louis, according to a press release.

“I am excited to return to Arizona and thrilled to part of Arizona’s largest performing arts organization,” said Ms. Francis in a prepared statement.

She began her nearly 20-year fundraising career as an administrative assistant and became St. Louis Symphony Orchestra campaign manager.

“I look forward to getting to know the symphony’s dedicated patrons as well as working with Suzanne, board chair Molly DeFilippis, music director, Tito Muñoz, and the talented musicians and staff as we fulfill the mission of creating high quality musical experiences that enrich the lives of our community and next generation of patrons,” Ms. Francis said.

Following her time at the St. Louis Symphony, she joined the Arizona Opera as director of development for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

For the past six years, she was vice president of development for the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, a privately funded united arts agency.

“We are pleased to welcome Kate to The Phoenix Symphony. Her breadth of experience as a seasoned fundraiser and working in the world of performing arts will be a tremendous asset in guiding our organization to a new level of financial strength and philanthropic support,” said Ms. Wilson in a prepared statement. 

“Her track record of affecting significant growth and success in fundraising and building sustainable, renewable donor relationships will be a valuable asset as the nonprofit organization looks to engage the community in new ways.” 

Founded in 1947, The Phoenix Symphony, according to the release, is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization presenting classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix as well as throughout central Arizona from September through the beginning of early June.