The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) has announced the appointment of Emma Stapleton as Director of Advancement. Stapleton has spent the past decade working in development and leadership positions in the nonprofit sector with a strong passion for arts and education. Past roles have included Development Director for The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, Director of Development at Northwestern University, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Berklee College. Her tenure at these institutions has garnered more than $65 million individually raised.
As a philanthropic consultant, she has contributed to award winning campaign strategies for No Kid Hungry, The Environmental Defense Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Saving a Life Project, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Care Not Cuffs: Decriminalizing Mental Health, and amidst COVID-19, a national campaign providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
An accomplished musician, Stapleton received her master of music degree in cello performance from New England Conservatory. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in music and art history from the University of Iowa. Stapleton has performed as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, and she was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Tanglewood Music Festival.