Chief Advancement & Strategy Officer
Lisa Bury joins The Dallas Opera from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As the Interim Chief Development Officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra she led the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s development staff as it raised $24 million in operational support, and exceeded the ambitious “Tanglewood Forever” campaign by $7 million and still counting. During this period, she also implemented a donor-centric communication program and created the organization’s first donor impact report; advanced planning for future philanthropy activity; designed a professional development plan for her staff; and provided a comprehensive analysis for the BSO Board Philanthropy Committee pertaining to departmental staffing, strategies, and tactics.
Previously Ms. Bury held the position of Director of Development at Seattle Opera from January of 2011 until February 2018. At Seattle Opera she led a team that raised $127 million in operating and capital support.
A violinist and violist—and former Suzuki program administrator—Ms. Bury used her interpersonal skills to boost the number of board members engaged in face-to-face solicitation, and was successful in recruiting several younger philanthropists for the Seattle Opera board. Ms. Bury actively pursued a more diverse staff, and restructured the development department so that each staff member managed an appropriate portfolio of donors.
Lisa Bury earned both an M.B.A. and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She holds additional degrees from Ithaca College in New York and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2018.
A long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where she has acted as both a presenter and committee chair, Ms. Bury has also been a presenter at OPERA America, the League of American Orchestras, the Tessitura Conference, and the Association of California Orchestras.