SALEM, Mass.—The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven L. Solomon as deputy director for resource development.

Solomon comes to PEM with extensive experience as a fundraising executive for some of the region’s leading cultural and academic institutions, including Massachusetts Audubon, the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His appointment follows a national search for a chief development officer.

“In addition to his outstanding experience and proven record in directing high performance fundraising campaigns, Steve has done a superb job as interim Development Director at PEM over the last six months. His leadership helped the museum exceed its fund raising goals in 2005. Steve is a committed fundraising professional with a passion for art and culture that makes him an ideal member of the PEM family. We are fortunate to have him,” said Dan Monroe, executive director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum.

In Solomon’s most recent position, he directed all membership, fundraising and marketing efforts for Massachusetts Audubon, leading the successful consolidation of these departments and a campaign that raised $12 million annually. Prior to that, he was vice president, Resources and Development Division at the Museum of Science, where he directed all aspects of Museum fundraising efforts. In addition, he established the first fundraising department for the DeCordova Museum, and led that institution’s capital fund drive during its expansion program. He also helped lead a multi-million dollar capital fund drive for a new wing and expansion plan at the MFA.

Solomon is active in the Boston music community. He is a member of the Spectrum Singers, and served as a trustee of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and Revels, Inc.

“I am delighted to be joining the museum at this exciting time in its history. Since its transformation in mid-2003, the museum has become the crown jewel among
art institutions in Greater Boston. PEM’s unique mission of presenting art in a cultural context has greatly enriched the experience for our visitors. I am proud to join Dan Monroe and the remarkable team of professionals and staff he has built to carry this great institution forward into the future,” said Solomon.

Solomon has two children, and lives with his wife Kay Dunlap in Sherborn, Massachusetts.


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