Jenna Deja

Jenna Deja

Vice President
Interim Management Practice Leader


201 West Lake Street, Suite 133
Chicago, IL 60606-1803
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 227

Vice President Jenna Deja (she/her/hers) joined ACG in 2015 as an integral part of the firm’s Leadership Transition team. She serves as ACG’s Interim Management Practice Leader and has guided successful executive search initiatives for numerous clients throughout North America. Deja has more than 17 years of experience in executive search, cultural organization leadership, programming, strategic planning, and marketing. Her expertise in behavioral and technical methodologies to source and place creative talent continues to uphold her as a top performer and trusted partner of both candidates and clients. She is passionate about building and aligning strong teams and has a track record of artistic innovation, business acumen, and administrative excellence. Deja’s achievements center around developing diverse programs, increasing earned and contributed revenue, and fostering collaborative relationships with board, staff, and communities.

Deja started at ACG providing professional interim management services to open and lead the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. As Interim Executive Director, she moved the organization from assessment to action, prioritizing construction tasks, engaging, and reassuring staff and board members, and finalizing plans for donor recognition, front-of-house procedures, and marketing. Deja also served as Interim Executive Director for the newly opened Highland Center for the Arts, where she implemented high-level organizational planning and operational strategy and used her skills of diplomacy, negotiation, and teamwork to help the organization achieve its goals. Simultaneously, she was part of the ACG team that executed its successful search process, culminating in the hiring of a full-time Executive Director.

"Innovation and creativity are the engines for success for today’s cultural organizations. These assets help elevate companies and move them to and through growth. ACG's proven practice methods help clients use creative thinking and problem solving to bring out the talents of their people, develop new paths to success, and grow their businesses."

In 2018, Deja became ACG’s Practice Leader for Interim Management. She has delivered highly qualified and effective interim senior management for clients such as Bravo! Vail, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Her deep belief in the value of interim management and her high-level client service skills have led to success in providing arts and culture organizations with impactful transitional leaders.

Prior to joining ACG, Deja spent 12 years at Chicago’s legendary comedy theater The Second City, most recently as Managing Producer. She increased touring production revenues, oversaw a $4 million facility renovation, and revitalized ticket sales strategies. Deja’s most formative experience in the arts was gained through her work as General Manager at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Deja is a reputable and knowledgeable speaker having presented at ArtsMidwest, TCG, and David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. She is notably certified in Target Training International’s DISC and 12 Driving Forces®. She holds a bachelor of arts degree, graduating with honors from Muhlenberg College.

Deja's ACG clients include:

American Shakespeare Center
Americans for the Arts
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
George Street Playhouse
Guthrie Theatre
Long Wharf Theatre
Marcus Performing Arts Center
Marin Theatre Company
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Monterey Museum of Art
Mosaic Theatre
Overture Center for the Arts
Signature Theatre

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