Berkshire County Development Alliance Panel Discussion
Four BCDA leaders discuss the shifting landscape of fundraising in the Berkshires.
Jessica Provenz Her role as Director of Development at Barrington Stage Company is a wonderful marriage of her years in fundraising and her passion for theatre. Jessica was the co-chair of the Berkshire Country Development Alliance from 2018-2020 and formerly, she was the Annual Fund and Special Events Director at Berkshire Country Day School. A 2 time recipient of the LeComte du Nouy Award for Emerging Playwrights, she was Playwright-in-Residence at the Juilliard School. Her 10 minute play, Stay, Please is part of the 10×10 at Barrington Stage Company, where she has received a commission to write a full length play. While in quarantine, she wrote and performed Baker’s Revenge for the Great Barrington Public Theatre. A graduate of Northwestern University, she lives in Lenox with her 9 year old son.
Alexandra Groff is a nonprofit professional with experience working in all facets of the development sphere across arts and cultural institutions and educational organizations in Berkshire County, MA. Currently, Alex holds the role of Director of Development at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA. Alex has managed development teams, capital campaigns, membership and annual giving programs, and successfully developed and led volunteer boards and committees at a diversity of organizations including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Country Day School, Chester Theatre Company, and The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home and Gardens.
Natalie Johnsonius Neubert is an arts management specialist with more than twenty years of experience fundraising for non-profit arts and cultural organizations. She has worked with such institutions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Dublin International Fringe Festival, Performance Space New York, Classic Stage Company, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, The Kitchen, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, LUMBERYARD/American Dance Institute, and, most recently, as the senior development officer at Shakespeare & Company. She has served on the Board of Directors for The Civilians Theater Company (New York, NY) and the venue On The Boards (Seattle, WA), and on the Development, Marketing, and Special Events Committees for the Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, WA), the Berkshire Museum, Community Access to the Arts (CATA), the Lenox Library Association, Berkshire Country Day School, and IS183, the Art School of the Berkshires. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a co-chair of the Berkshire County Development Association and a member of Berkshire Business and Professional Women.
Alicia Rossie has called the Berkshires home for more than 20 years while working for cultural, educational, and environmental nonprofits. She understands that every member of an organization has a role to play in development work and that nonprofits have the power to transform their community on every level.