News for Monday, June 2, 2014
New Vice President for Development: Elizabeth Slocum Brando
Elizabeth Brando is an executive nonprofit leader with more than 16 years’ experience in cultural institutions of varied sizes. She most recently served as the associate director for institutional advancement for the Paleontological Research Institution and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, where she successfully completed the institution’s $1.175 million anniversary campaign. Her skills include: strategic planning, budgeting, staff recruitment and retention, building board capacity, and ensuring that the mission and vision are carried out. Preceding her transition into nonprofit administration, she worked in Silicon Valley with various technology companies.
Regarding SAR and her new position, Brando states, "The School for Advanced Research’s commitment to not only scholars and artists, but the community at large is important on a global scale. I am delighted to utilize my passion for Native American arts and the American Southwest to secure important philanthropic support for this unique organization.”
Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Brando has also lived in New Mexico, California, New York, and Grand Cayman. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she received her MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona where she was a finalist in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship’s business plan competition.
She is married to Michael Brando, an information technology professional in the healthcare industry, and they have one daughter. Brando is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.