C.V.

BARBARA BONNER

Author, Inspiring Generosity (Wisdom, 2014) and Inspiring Courage (Wisdom, 2017)
20 Qualities of a Generous Leader, Berkshire Business and Professional Women, May 2016

PO Box 584                                Phone: 413-274-1144
Housatonic, MA  01236                Fax: 413-274-1311
Cell: 413-429-6977
Email

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Consultant to Nonprofit Boards and Executive Management (2009 – present)

Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
(2006-2009)
Paved the way with board and CEO for the next chapter in the evolution of this country’s largest ($29 million annual budget, 400 employees) center for yoga and health – doubled the board, initiated strategic planning, doubled the donor base, established a new Development operation and created an effective group of major donors to fund the future.

2005-2006    Private fundraising and management consulting for nonprofits.

Vice President for External Relations
Bennington College, Bennington, VT.
(2003-2005)
Initiated and oversaw planning and implementation for all fundraising, communications and public relations activities in the highly successful early phase of the College’s first major capital campaign of $100 million

2000-2003    Ill-advised foray into early retirement.

Fundraising and management consulting for nonprofits.
New York City
(1992-2000)
Oversaw major fundraising and board expansion projects for nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture in New York City.

Deputy Director for External Affairs
The Museum of the City of New York
(1990-1993)
Oversaw the departments of Development, Public Affairs, Membership, Retail Marketing and Special Events.  Doubled annual fundraising, liaison to City Hall, initiated international programs.

The Asia Society, New York City (1988-1990)
Acting Curator; Development Specialist for Cultural Programs.
Curated three major exhibitions. Responsible for all fund raising activities for programs in the visual and performing arts.

Bonner & Company, Conservation Services Fine and Decorative Arts (1982-1985)
Founded agency to provide collectors and arts institutions with the highest quality art conservation services.

Director, The Cathedral Museum
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
(1980-1982)
Established the Cathedral’s first museum and catalogued its extensive old master painting collection.

Researcher/Assistant
Spencer A. Samuels & Company, Ltd.
(1975-1980)
Researched and authenticated old master paintings for private collections and museums.

BOARD SERVICE:

The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Barre, MA (current, Board Chair)

Railroad Street Youth Project
Great Barrington, MA

Berkshire Visitors’ Bureau
Pittsfield, MA

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA
Vice-Chair. This $9M. project transformed a 1905 vaudeville house (turned rundown movie theatre) into the jewel of year round performing arts institutions in the region.

Bennington College
Chair, Steering Committee, $100 M Capital Campaign Chair, Growth and Resources committee

Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA
Chair, Development Committee Chair, Steering Committee, Capital Campaign

Women in Development, New York,  President

Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation, Trustee

The Interlaken School of Art, Trustee, Founding Board

The Berkshire Museum, Corporator

The Dance Collection, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (committee)

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, South County Fund, Committee Member
The Denise Kaley Fund for Berkshire County Women with Cancer, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Fund Advisor and Co-founder
“Women Leaders of the Berkshires,” Berkshire South Community Center
“Generosity,” Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, December 2009
Keynote Speaker, “Generosity,” Monument Valley School, June 2010
“How to Build an Effective Board,” Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, June 2011

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:
1988  MFA  Arts Administration, Columbia University
Thesis Topic: “Museum Directorship – A Changing Profession: Perspectives of 28 Museum Directors in New York City”

1973  MA  Art History
Queens College
Thesis Topic:  “Georges de La Tour: Contributions to his Development and Style”

1969  BA Wells College, Major: French and Italian