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Leah E. Heister. Courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

Guggenheim Museum Names Leah E. Heister Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation has welcomed Leah E. Heister as its new deputy director and chief advancement officer. Heister has worked as a consultant for the Guggenheim since 2016. In her new role, she will be responsible for the planning, management, and execution of the institution’s strategic engagement with current and prospective donors. She will take up her post on September 3.

Heister comes to the museum from CCS Fundraising, a strategic consulting firm, where she served as vice president and advised nonprofit clients in the art and culture, higher education, health care, and social work sectors. Prior to her tenure at CCS, she was the interim regional director and associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in New York. Heister also currently works as an adjunct faculty member in the master’s in nonprofit management program at Columbia University.

“Leah is an experienced leader with wide expertise in building and implementing far-reaching fundraising programs,” said Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “Her background as a consultant and her demonstrated success leading comprehensive campaigns, together with her enthusiasm for the Guggenheim’s mission, make her an exceptional choice to lead our efforts.”

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