Director of Development
With a strong background in communications and marketing, Gae Whitener joined the Dallas Opera in 2004 as Grants Manager and Corporate Associate. Her energies soon moved beyond grant writing to handle special projects including OPERAtion HQ, the campaign to construct TDO’s administrative offices in the Winspear Opera House, as well as a three-year, $20 million Cultural Renaissance Endowment Fund initiative.
While the company conducted a nationwide search to fill the position, Ms. Whitener served as Acting Director of Development. During that interim term, she successfully managed the $8 million General Director’s Circle campaign for multi-year gifts. She was named Director of Development in March 2012.
Ms. Whitener holds a Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys the opportunity to match donors with opportunities to make their dollars “sing.”