October 23, 2013
Spectrum Dance Theater announces Jill Leininger as Managing Director
SEATTLE, WA – The Board of Directors of Spectrum Dance Theater is pleased to announce that Jill Leininger has been named Managing Director, effective October 24th.
Leininger replaces Susie Purves, who served as Executive Director from 2010 to 2013. She comes to Spectrum with more than 14 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and marketing and is also a former fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Working with Donald Byrd, Leininger aims to build additional resources and grow audiences for contemporary dance in the region. Byrd says, “I’m thrilled and excited to welcome Jill as my partner as I move into my second decade at Spectrum.”
Most recently, Leininger served as Associate Executive Director at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. Prior to her time in the D.C. area, she spent four years as Director of Development for the Vermont Studio Center where, during her tenure, the Center secured more than 30 new sponsored fellowships for artists and writers and celebrated the largest gift in the organization’s history.
She also served as Director of Development & Communications at the University of Oregon, where she earned her M.F.A. in Poetry in 1999.
“Returning to the Northwest feels like coming home,” says Leininger. “And Spectrum’s commitment to art as a part of the civic dialogue is one that is especially close to my heart.”