Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra names VP of Development

The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra has named Jennifer A. Damiano as its Vice President of Development, effective July 23.


CINCINNATI – Jennifer A. Damiano has been named Vice President of Development or the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, effective July 23. Ms. Damiano is currently a Vice President with Community Counselling Service (CCS), a fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. “Fundraising is an area of immense importance for the CSO,” said CSO President Trey Devey. “Jennifer’s skills and experiences will transfer seamlessly for the benefit of our organization’s goals, and I know Jennifer is looking forward to contributing to the CSO’s ongoing development success. We’re delighted to have her leadership.”

Ms. Damiano brings to the CSO fifteen years of progressive experience in challenging, complex, fast-paced environments with a track record of success. She has realized over $250 million in gifts for clients and employers, and is an astute executive leader who excels in collaborative settings, inspiring staff and volunteers. As a consultant with CCS, Ms. Damiano has worked with a variety of religious organizations and Ohio University, among others, and since February, the Music Hall Revitalization Company. She also brings additional management experience to the CSO, having served as the President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, for nearly five years.

Ms. Damiano succeeds Susan Plageman, who had led the CSO’s highly successful fundraising efforts since February of 2010. Ms. Plageman resigned in May for health reasons.

The Search Committee was led by Mr. Devey and included CSO Board members Francie Hiltz, Ron Koetters and Rick Reynolds, CSO musician and Players Committee member Steve Pride, Vice Presidents Richard Freshwater and Sherri Prentiss, and Human Resources Manager Margot Smith. “They dedicated a “>great deal of time and consideration into this endeavor, and helped us reach this successful conclusion,” “I am honored to be joining this wonderful organization and returning to my hometown of Cincinnati,” said Ms. Damiano, who will be relocating with her family from Dublin, Ohio.

She holds a B.A. with honors from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati.