San Antonio’s Artpace announced that Francesca Rattray is joining its staff as the director of development and communications. The position will provide leadership, strategic direction, and management for all of Artpace’s fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts. Rattray started at Artpace yesterday. “Francesca brings a wealth of experience to Artpace,” said Executive Director Amada Cruz. “We look forward to benefiting from her insights and experience as we continue to grow our residency, exhibition, and education programs.”
Rattray’s experience involves more than 20 years of nonprofit fundraising and strategic development experience. Before joining Artpace, Rattray provided strategic development and organizational assistance to area nonprofits through her own consulting company, FDR Consulting and, before that, she served as vice president of the Center for Nonprofit Support at the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Rattray’s 20-plus year resume certainly makes her seem like a good fit for the Artpace position, but her 2012 insightful guest blog for the San Antonio Current, entitled “What if ‘The Office’ Were a Nonprofit?,” makes it clear that she knows what she’s in for. In it, Rattray totally pegs the various characters that work for nonprofits (and makes some casting suggestions)—it’s a MUST-READ for all museum staff members!