Jacksonville Symphony Announces JoLynne Jensen as Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Jacksonville Symphony has selected JoLynne Jensen as Vice President & Chief Development Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on April 28, 2017, leading the fund development department and spearheading the Vision 2020 campaign, a $50 million campaign that will ensure Jacksonville Symphony’s artistic excellence, financial stability, and community engagement.
Since 2009, Ms. Jensen has worked as a consultant guiding nonprofit organizations in their capital campaigns, infrastructure, board development, governance, strategic planning, and comprehensive fundraising plans. Prior to her consulting work, she served as Executive Director of The Advisory Board of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. During her tenure, she successfully planned and implemented a $32 million capital campaign to renovate and rebuild the Arts Magnet High School and fund student and faculty programs. For 15 years, Ms. Jensen held several roles at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, including Vice President of Development. While at the Orchestra, she oversaw a $10.4 million annual fund, completed a $55 million capital and endowment campaign, and launched a $100 million endowment campaign. In addition to serving as Adjunct Professor in the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Program at Southern Methodist University, Ms. Jensen is also a Certified Fundraising Professional. Since 2013 she has served as Commissioner for Cultural Commission of Bedford, Texas and as a board member for Texans for the Arts. Ms. Jensen holds a bachelor of philosophy degree from Wayne State University and attended Wayne State University Law School.
In making the announcement, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Massey said, “I’m excited to have JoLynne join our senior leadership team. She is exactly the talent we need to achieve success for our Vision 2020 campaign and the continued financial sustainability of the Symphony.”
“I am very excited to join Jacksonville Symphony at this time in its evolution,” said Ms. Jensen. “It is poised to move to the top of the Group 2 Orchestras artistically and organizationally. What I have enjoyed most in my career is creating and growing new fundraising programs – Jacksonville Symphony has the staff and board in place to help take it to new heights.”
“ACG was honored to conduct this search for Jacksonville Symphony and to place a development professional as dedicated and capable as JoLynne Jensen,” said ACG Associate Vice President Linda Lipscomb. “We wish the Ms. Jensen and the entire team at Jacksonville Symphony all the best. We know she will confidently guide the organization as it begins its Vision 2020 campaign, helping ensure the organization’s future.”