The Newark Museum of Art has selected Peter Wilderotter as Deputy Director, Philanthropy and External Relations, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on January 30, 2023.
Wilderotter has been a force for change as a nonprofit leader with an impressive record of building sustainable futures for organizations. He will be leading the museum’s strategic fundraising, marketing, communications, and visitor services teams. Working closely with Museum Director and CEO Linda Harrison, he will expand both contributed and earned revenue opportunities for the museum. Most recently, Wilderotter served for 18 years as President & CEO at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to addressing spinal cord injuries and those impacted by paralysis. His major accomplishments played a critical role in revitalizing the infrastructure of the foundation, including the creation of a major gift program, stabilizing the organization by raising $10 million in 100 days after the co-founder’s death, and eliminating deficits. Under Wilderotter’s guidance, the foundation has also supported 100,000 families by successfully renewing funding for The Paralysis Resource Center.
Experienced in strengthening the financial health of organizations and maximizing their impact, Wilderotter has additionally served as Vice President of Development at WNYC Radio, the largest public radio station in the country. Prior to that he was Vice President of Development at Planned Parenthood of New York City, Director of Development at NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and spent his early career in fundraising for cancer care initiatives. Across these tenures, he has designed, managed, and implemented multi-million-dollar capital campaigns and consistently grew funding and gifts.
Wilderotter is a former Chair of the Board at America’s Charities, a founding Board Member of Rattlestick Theater Company, and a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Benedict’s Preparatory. He has notably been featured in The New York Times business section in 2012 and named ICON in NJBIZ in 2019. Wilderotter has received a bachelor of arts from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
“Congratulations to the Newark Museum of Art on welcoming Peter as its new Deputy Director of Philanthropy and External Relations,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Peter is a highly accomplished and multi-faceted leader who we are excited to watch profoundly advance the museum’s mission and expand upon its momentum and success.”