Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute announced today the appointment of Lynne Diane Gugenheim as Chief Advancement Officer, overseeing all development activities for the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists.
In her new role as part of the Institute’s Leadership team, Gugenheim will participate in shaping the Institute’s strategy, lead the organization’s work sourcing, structuring and stewarding of contributed revenue from foundations, corporations and individuals, as well as all development events, including its annual benefit. She reports to Executive Director Keri Putnam and will work closely with the Board of Trustees including Chair Pat Mitchell and Jacki Zehner, chair of the Development Committee. She will lead a team that includes direct reports: Elizabeth Greenway, Director of Institutional Giving and Development Operations; Rachel Denny, Director of Individual Giving; Mary Sadeghy, Director of Corporate Development; Josie McGuinn, Associate Director of Events.
Putnam said, “We are so pleased to welcome Lynne into this new role with Sundance Institute. Her leadership, experience and innovative vision will help build our community, support the critical work of independent storytellers, and extend the impact of our work on audiences around the world.”
Zehner said, “Lynne joins the Institute with a depth of knowledge built through years of service to artist-centered organizations. At such an urgent and important moment for creative expression, we welcome her expertise and insight into our network of artists and audiences.”
Gugenheim began in January and is based in the Institute’s Los Angeles office. She was previously Director of Development at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, where she led all aspects of contributed revenue for a $60 million annual operating budget, developed strategy and led the implementation of a $50M capital campaign, and helped grow annual contributed revenue by 50 percent. Prior to Roundabout, Gugenheim ran an independent consulting practice for eight years and also worked on staff with the 92nd Street Y, Children’s Television Workshop, KCET, and Playwrights Horizons, among several others, gaining a depth of experience in giving at arts and media organizations. She is an Advisory Board Member of the 52nd Street Project in New York and a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Purchase.
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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