Meet the Staff: Cecily Lerner

This installment of Meet the Staff originally appeared in The August Antaean, our quarterly newsletter.  To receive The Antaean, sign up for our mailing list.  With all the great events surrounding our 2010 Season, this way you won’t miss a thing!

Cecily Lerner

Cecily Lerner
Working as a full-time nonprofit professional for the past 11 years, I was contemplating making  a change.  Though I wanted to continue my work in fundraising, I was looking for something more flexible and part-time so I could spend more time with my four year old daughter.  A friend of mine told me about Antaeus and suggested I talk to Jeanie about how we might work together.  At the time, Antaeus was looking for a grant writer.  I was looking to do something a bit broader in scope.  Meeting with Jeanie and Kitty for the first time, in the library, I felt right at home.  Having worked in the arts before, I was inspired by the creative, passionate and dynamic spirit that is typical of many arts organizations, especially Antaeus.  As it turned out, Antaeus was at a turning point in their growth.  Collectively, we decided that adding a fundraising professional into the mix would help Antaeus build the infrastructure and deepen the relationships that it needed to take its fundraising to the next level.  In the four months that I’ve been working with Antaeus, I have come to discover that the people here (from the staff to the company members to the audience to the donors) are warm and interesting, and dedicated to the mission of performing great theater.