The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has selected Deniz H. Tasdemiroglu Conger as Vice President of Development, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 7, 2021.
A nonprofit and fund development professional, Ms. Conger has more than 20 years of experience successfully leading development programs in the arts and culture, healthcare, housing and human services, and education sectors. Throughout her career, her guidance has helped organizations and teams in the creation of inclusive philanthropy models, program expansion, revenue growth, and transformational capital comprehensive campaigns. Ms. Conger most recently served as Chief Development Officer at Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national children’s health nonprofit. In this role, she implemented development best practices and established a donor database management system. She has also held development leadership positions as Senior Director of Philanthropy & Campaigns at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Vice President of Development at Oregon Symphony, Senior Director of Philanthropy and Chief Campaign Officer at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Director of Major Gifts at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Senior Development Officer/Director of Development at Henry Ford Health System. Her two most recent Portland-based capital campaigns have been recognized as innovative, game-changing projects.
An active volunteer and leader in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Conger serves on the boards of directors of the Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education, Women’s Center for Leadership, and Portland Winter Light Festival. A mentor with Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy, she holds a bachelor of arts degrees in political science and environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a master of arts degree in public administration and public policy from Oakland University.
In making the announcement, NACF President/CEO Lulani Arquette said, “We are delighted to welcome Deniz to the next evolution of NACF’s journey. With a background in serious fundraising and capital campaigns, Deniz brings great potential and a wealth of knowledge to help move NACF toward new heights.”
“Through my first collaboration with NACF 10 years ago and with my experience in creating community-centered campaigns and inclusive philanthropy programs, I have experienced early on NACF’s commitment and leadership to advance conversations, dialog, and action on the intersection of art and justice,” said Ms. Conger. “I am passionate about the goals and vision for NACF’s new Center for Native Arts and Cultures and believe that this new building is one of our country’s most important cultural endeavors happening right now — I am honored to be part of it.”
“ACG was honored to work with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to fill this key position,” said ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “Congratulations to Deniz H. Tasdemiroglu Conger on her appointment as Vice President of Development. We are confident that her deep connections across the northwest, her experience as a development professional, and her strength as a people-oriented leader will be essential as NACF moves forward with their new facility and expanded operations.”