ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
As Associate Director of Development, Sophia brings more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing high-performing fund development programs to the Council team. Sophia joined the Council team in February 2021 and is applying her leadership and successful fundraising experience to support the Council’s individual giving, donor relations, and capacity-building initiatives in ways that connect Rhode Islanders and inspire cultural and civic participation.
Prior to joining the Council, Sophia served for four years as the director of development at New Urban Arts. Previous experience includes working with such cultural organizations as the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center in her home state of Oregon. Sophia holds a BS in Political Science from Southern Oregon University and an MA in Socially Responsible Businesses and Sustainable Communities from Goddard College. Sophia recently completed the Professional Fundraising Certificate Program through Boston University and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice Core Program through Tufts University. She sits on the board of directors of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning – Rhode Island and volunteers with Urban Greens Food Cooperative. Sophia believes that philanthropy is a joyful and generous act—a way to engage deeply with our unique passions, support shared values, and invest in the riches our community has to offer.
Among other things, Sophia enjoys traveling, reading, knitting, bargain-hunting, and spending time in the great outdoors with her dog Lucy and husband Tom.