Tess O’Dwyer provides management and fundraising counsel to nonprofit leaders in arts, culture, education, public policy, and social justice. Her client roster includes New York City’s premier visual arts organizations — The Africa Center, Aperture Foundation, Museum of Arts and Design, National Academy of Design, and Whitney Museum of American Art — as well as the finest performing arts companies in the country–American Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Symphony Space. Her fundraising expertise is tapped by WNYC Public Radio and an array of social justice organizations, such as Catholic Charities, Graham Wyndham, Food Bank for New York City, and Urban Pathways. She has also served innovative leaders in private and public education including Bronx Science, Publicolor, Seton Education Partners, Worldfund, and Yeshiva University.
Prior to her consultancy, Tess O’Dwyer served as Vice President for Cultural Affairs and Development at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Director of Development at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Associate Director of Individual Giving at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Her fundraising operations were ranked Top 10 by the Association of Art Museum Directors in a survey of 200+ museums nationwide. Of note, her galas ranked 1st place in net revenue and Top 10 in style by Bizbash Magazine. Tess has provided fundraising commentary to The New York Times and Bloomberg News, and has served as a technical reviewer of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fundraising.
With a Masters in Literature from Rutgers University, Tess O’Dwyer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, and the Salmagundi. She was a co-editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas and a winner of the Columbia University Translation Center Award. She has edited and translated literary masterpieces from the Spanish, including the postmodern poetry classics Empire of Dreams (Yale University Press) and Yo-Yo Boing! (AmazonCrossing) by Giannina Braschi and the 19th century Social Realist novel Martin Rivas by Alberto Blest Gana (Oxford University Press). She is proud to have served on the Boards of Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, The Evergreen Review, Ars Interpres Stockholm, PEN American Center, and Academy of American Poets.
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