The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (The Fine Arts Museums) has selected Danielle St. Germain as Chief Philanthropy Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 12, 2023.
A dynamic and visionary changemaker, St. Germain joins the Fine Arts Museums with more than 25 years of experience in shepherding transformative organizational change and fundraising success. As Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Fine Arts Museums, St. Germain will plan, implement, and assess philanthropy efforts in support of the organization's strategic vision and growth. St. Germain most recently led the San Francisco Ballet as its Executive Director. Her notable accomplishments in this role include appointing a Chief Diversity Officer, achieving the highest grossing performance in the history of the organization, and guiding the ballet through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also bolstered the company’s fundraising support, including the Critical Relief Campaign initiative that secured $5 million.
St. Germain has previously held senior fundraising leadership roles at the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, American Alliance of Museums, and Shakespeare Theatre Company. St. Germain received a bachelor of arts in humanities from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.
In making the announcement, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums, said, “The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are delighted to welcome Danielle St. Germain as our Chief Philanthropy Officer. We count ourselves incredibly fortunate to be able to draw from her extensive experience, achievements, and deep knowledge of our city. With the Legion of Honor centenary around the corner and inclusive engagement with the Bay Area community at both the Legion and the de Young as top museum priorities, she is stepping in at a crucial time. I look forward to working alongside her to ensure the institution’s financial strength and central role in connecting broad audiences with art for generations to come.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to join Tom and his incredible team at the Fine Arts Museums, the largest public arts institution in San Francisco and a key voice in the national visual art community. I am delighted to return to my earlier museum roots,” said St. Germain. “The Fine Arts Museums are at a very exciting juncture in its storied history, and I look forward to working closely with the philanthropic community that so warmly welcomed me to SF in 2018. Being part of the team that will ensure that the museums thrive and continue to propel curiosity, engagement, and conversations for the long term is a dream come true!”
“We are delighted to have guided this search and congratulate the Fine Arts Museums in welcoming Danielle as its Chief Philanthropy Officer,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Danielle possesses an exceptional commitment to the Museums’ mission and a tenacity that will lead the organization towards a bright and sustainable future.”