About Tess O’Dwyer

Tess O’Dwyer provides strategic planning and fundraising counsel to cultural and civic leaders of the nonprofit sector.  With a specialization in Board Development, Capital and Endowment Campaigns, and Development Systems, her client roster includes New York City’s premier visual arts organizations–The Africa CenterAperture Foundation, Museum of Arts and DesignNational Academy Museum, 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 also tapped by WNYC Public Radio and an array of civic and social justice organizations such as Catholic Charities, Food Bank for New York City, Urban Pathways and education leaders such as Bronx Science, Publicolor, and Worldfund.

Prior to launching 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 survery of 200+ museums nationwide. Of special note, her record-breaking galas ranked 1st place in net revenue and Top 10 in style by Bizbash Magazine.

With a Masters in Literature from Rutgers University, Tess O’Dwyer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Red Pine Honor Society, and the Salmagundi Club. Winner of the Columbia University Translation Center Award, she has edited and translated literary masterpieces from the Spanish, including the contemporary Caribbean 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 serve on the Boards of Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, The Evergreen Review, and PEN American Center.

Contact: tessodwyer@msn.com or 917-399-4956

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