Colleen Marlow




Process Improvement

Research & Analysis


Candidate, Executive Development Program

Western Fairs Association , Sacramento, CA

April 2011 - December 2011

A ten- to twelve-month position that prepares candidates for a career in fair management. The program provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with management at fairs and related government agencies in California.

Project Management
Community Relations
Executive Director

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra , San Francisco, CA

May 2009 - April 2011

Administrative leader responsible for all day-to-day operations of a mid-sized performing arts organization.

Strategic Leadership
Event Production
Interim Community Arts Director

Independent Arts & Media

March 2009 - June 2009

Managing arts programming for the DIY artist community in San Francisco.

Freelance Prospect Researcher

SF Works

January 2009 - April 2009

Identification and research of major gifts prospects for upcoming campaign.

Consultant, Development Operations

Children's Defense Fund

January 2009 - March 2009

Recommending process improvements for the national development office in the areas of development operations and effective use of the database (Raiser's Edge).

Marketing/PR and Community Outreach

Last Night at Playland

November 2008 - June 2009

Responsible for all print and online marketing/PR, community outreach and communications to promote a new musical theater production entitled "Last Night at Playland". The project is fiscally sponsored through Theater Residencies, Inc., a nonprofit theater incubator.

Marketing Associate

Z Space Studio

August 2008 - December 2008

Responsible for strategy and implementation of all show-specific marketing efforts for this theater development company, including development and design of print materials and e-communications.

Consultant, Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software

Summer Search

July 2008 - April 2009

Working with the national Development and Communications Departments, I help develop and implement data management processes using Raiser's Edge fundraising software.

Operations Manager (PT)

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

June 2008 - May 2009

Overseeing administrative operations for this growing professional performing arts group. Responsibilities include managing and expanding the membership program; developing data management systems including selection and implementation of a new member database; developing and executing year-round marketing and communications strategies; and supporting the work of numerous board committees in the areas of fundraising, membership, marketing/PR, and concert production.

Site and Volunteer Coordinator, Art-a-Whirl

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)

January 2008 - May 2008

Coordinating the placement of artists and volunteers for one of the largest open studio arts festivals in the nation.

Freelance Prospect Researcher

American Cancer Society

October 2007 - July 2008

Supported Distinguished Giving (Major Gifts), Relay for Life, and other major fundraising campaigns for ACS-California Division. Provided research and developed profiles for major gifts prospects and CEOs of major national corporations; performed community demographic research and analysis to support event feasibility and implementation planning.

Member, Executive Team

Independent Arts & Media

June 2007 - December 2008

Worked in tandem with the acting Executive Director, Community Arts Program Director, and Development Director to build internal systems and infrastructure around fundraising, program development and implementation, and administrative operations.

Director of Operations

Springboard Schools

January 2007 - September 2007

Raiser's Edge and Development Services Consultant

Women's Initiative

December 2005 - December 2007

Provided consulting and training services to the Director of Development and other key staff on best practices for data management and business processes for development operations with a specific focus on utilizing Raiser’s Edge fundraising management software.

Operations Data Manager

Springboard Schools

June 2005 - December 2006

Manager of Prospect Information

Springboard Schools

June 2003 - June 2005

Prospect Research Associate

San Francisco Opera

December 2000 - June 2003

Development Assistant

San Francisco Opera

June 2000 - December 2000

Development Director

Northwest Film Forum

January 2000 - June 2000

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