HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY NAMES ELISABETH H. SAXE AS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Elisabeth H. Saxe has been appointed Chief Development Officer at the Huntington Theatre Company, in Boston, Massachusetts. She joins the Huntington after serving as the Senior Vice President for Advancement at the Mystic Seaport Museum since 2013. In her new position at the Huntington, Ms. Saxe will oversee the Huntington’s comprehensive fundraising efforts, including a campaign to renovate and expand the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a state-of-the-art theatre facility for the Boston community.
“I am delighted to welcome Elisabeth to the Huntington and to benefit from her 38 years of cultural fundraising experience,” says Managing Director Michael Maso. “She is a highly accomplished non-profit professional and I’m certain the Huntington will benefit from her leadership as we embark on our next chapter and enhance our services to artists, students, and Boston audiences.
Ms. Saxe stated, “I am thrilled to join the Huntington an institution with an illustrious past and vibrant reputation during this pivotal time for the organization. My goal is to help the Huntington set a course for its future on Huntington Avenue and to deepen relationships with those who can provide philanthropic support to transform the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a premiere cultural asset for Boston right here on the Avenue of the Arts. We will work to ensure that the Huntington flourishes, so that the power of its world-class productions can be experienced by audiences for generations to come.”
Ms. Saxe has a diverse fundraising background, with an area of specialization in the cultural sector. While at Mystic Seaport she attained a record level of success in fundraising for annual giving, revived a planned giving program, and surpassed their most recent capital campaign goal.
Her affiliation at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, a theatre then under the artistic direction of Joanne Woodward was marked by the successful accomplishment of a $30.6 million campaign to restore and revitalize the historic theatre which reopened in 2005. She then returned to the Playhouse four years later as Director of Institutional Advancement, and was a part of the new “turn-around” leadership team to achieve fundraising expansion and build meaningful connections with donors. During her tenure, she broadened and deepened support from corporations and foundations and increased revenue and participation from individuals dramatically.
At Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, Ms. Saxe served as the Director of Development, and was a catalyst for strategic philanthropic growth as the organization expanded its music programming. She was responsible for raising funds for operations, programs and special projects, and endowment for the internationally-acclaimed cultural institution.
At Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Ms. Saxe was an integral member of the visionary team responsible for founding the 20,000 square-foot, educational resource which opened in March 2000. She participated in funding strategies to raise $11 million for construction and creation of the new institution.
She began her professional career in development in the early 1980s as the Director of Special Events and Membership at the highly-acclaimed School of American Ballet (SAB) official school of the New York City Ballet (NYCB) at Lincoln Center, having first been a development and press intern for SAB and NYCB while attending Skidmore College.
Ms. Saxe has been a frequent presenter at conferences, for non-profit organizations, and for higher education institutions on topics such as “Building a Collaborative Board/Staff Advancement Team,” “Fundamentals of Major Gift Fund Raising” and “Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up,” and serves as a mentor to young development professionals new to the field.
MAYOR WALSH RELEASES REQUEST FOR INFORMATION, SEEKING CONCEPTS FOR CO-DEVELOPING CITY ASSETS WITH HOUSING AND OTHER MIXED-USES
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston is seeking innovative ideas about how the City could potentially utilize its capital assets to spur the development of additional housing for Boston residents, while improving the infrastructure conditions of City buildings through redevelopment. In a Request for Information released today, Boston will measure interest in the mixed-use redevelopment of assets such as community centers, libraries and fire stations. The goal of the RFI is to determine whether this type of development is right for Boston, while identifying how it could be pursued in the future.
"With the right projects and partnerships in place, we believe this model could have the potential to enhance City property by improving our infrastructure and generating new affordable housing options needed in neighborhoods throughout our city," said Mayor Walsh. "I look forward to seeing the ideas that could help us reimagine the future of our civic spaces to maximize the public benefit."
Cities around the country, including Chicago, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC, have built affordable and market-rate housing alongside and on top of city assets such as libraries and transit stations. These cities consider this work a critical part of creating more public value with public assets.
"In Washington, DC we are committed to building and preserving neighborhoods that residents can both afford and enjoy, and we're doing this through the creation of public-private partnerships that deliver housing, job opportunities, and community benefits. Recently, we cut the ribbon on a new library that is part of a development that includes a firehouse, retail, and affordable housing; for residents, this means a lot of resources in one location. We look forward to collaborating with Boston as we both work to build safer, stronger communities and put more residents on pathways to the middle class," said Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
"As a community-based non-profit in a neighborhood where countless families have been displaced by skyrocketing housing costs, JPNDC has found City land and resources to be instrumental to our efforts to create new affordable homes," said Leslie Boss, Director of Real Estate at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. "The Housing Innovation Lab's concept is intriguing, as it offers the dual benefit of supporting affordable housing development and improving facilities and services that are critical to the safety and quality of life for the entire community. We are excited to see the City continuing to explore creative new approaches."
Boston owns hundreds buildings that could be candidates for these types of development. A preliminary list of these assets is available in the Request for Information for potential respondents to review. The City's primary interest is in proposals that identify how city assets currently used for core city services, such as libraries, fire stations, police stations, and community centers can be combined with housing.
"As a convener of Boston's design and development community, we are happy to see the City explore how innovative design, adaptive reuse, and co-location can help address Boston's housing needs," said Jay Wickersham, FAIA, Board Chair of the Boston Society of Architects. "We commend the Walsh Administration for taking this thoughtful step."
A Request for Information is a call for input, which allows the city to explore new ideas. It does not replace or interrupt the normal community process. If the City chooses to pursue any specific development ideas, the development will undergo a full community process, engaging local residents and community members before any potential redevelopment takes place. All submissions are expected to outline how potential development will remain contextual to the city and the neighborhood.
The City's nationally-recognized Housing Innovation Lab (iLAB), part of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Department of Neighborhood Development, is leading this RFI. The iLAB is transforming how Boston designs, develops and funds housing, and has been creating housing solutions in collaboration with many diverse constituencies at the City, in our communities, and across industries.
The Walsh Administration continues to be a leader in ambitious and innovative work to build, sustain, and promote affordable housing for its Boston residents. Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 is the Walsh Administration's comprehensive housing plan. Under this plan, Boston will create 53,000 new units of housing at a variety of income levels throughout Boston, including 44,000 units of housing for the workforce; 5,000 units of housing for senior citizens; and 4,000 units to stabilize the market and bring rents and housing prices under control. During his second inaugural address in January, Mayor Walsh also pledged to increase Boston's targets for low-income homes, moderate-income homes, senior housing, and overall units.
Since the 2014 implementation of Housing a Changing City, 13,551 new units of housing have been completed. With an additional 8,412 units currently under construction, the City has secured housing for an estimated 25,000 residents, making significant progress in meeting Boston's rapid population growth. The City remains on target to meet the production goals. To date, the Walsh Administration has committed more than $100 million in funding to the creation and preservation of affordable housing.
The City will accept submissions through March 23, 2018; respondents' questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12, 2018. An applicant conference will be held on February 15, 2018 at 26 Court Street, Boston. Responses to this Request for Information will not result in any development agreements or site-specific plans. Additional information is available on the Housing Innovation Lab Request for Information webpage.
About Imagine Boston 2030
Shaped by more than 15,000 resident voices, Imagine Boston 2030 is the first citywide plan since 1965. Mayor Walsh released the plan in July of 2017. The final plan can be downloaded at https://imagine.boston.gov/ and can be found at all branches of the Boston Public Library.
About the Housing Innovation Lab
The Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab was facilitated by a collaboration between the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM). The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics serves as Mayor Walsh's civic innovation group. A City agency that was formed in 2010, New Urban Mechanics pilots experiments that offer the potential to improve the quality of life for Boston residents. The Housing Innovation Lab focuses their work on reducing the cost of housing. To learn more about MONUM, follow the office on Twitter or visit their website. To learn more about the Housing Innovation Lab, follow the office on Twitter or visit their website.