Senior Director of Development
Jenny Thompson is a nonprofit fundraising professional with over a decade of diverse experience in the cultural sector. She joins Gibney after serving as Director of Campaign & Major Gifts for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s multimillion dollar capital/endowment campaign.
Her career began at RIOULT Dance New York, where she rose the ranks from Operations & Special Events Manager, to Manager of Institutional Giving, and ultimately Director of Development. She then joined management and consulting firm, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creative World and worked under the mentorship of President Emma Dunch on a range of fundraising, campaign management, and strategic planning projects. Clients included Dorrance Dance, Gallim Dance, Huntington Theatre Company, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Morris Dance Group, The New Group, On Site Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Primary Stages, The School for Strings, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, UrbanGlass, and The Watermill Center.
Since 2008, she has contributed to multiple performance publications including The Dance Enthusiast, Eye on Dance and the Arts, Examiner.com, and Dance Spirit magazine, among others. She remains a frequent guest speaker for Pentacle’s Cultivating Leadership in Dance program. In 2016, she collaborated with a team of scholars in the field of arts entrepreneurship to develop a course/web-based resource launched by DePauw University’s 21st Century Musician Initiative. In addition, she is a longtime volunteer teacher and former Young Professionals Committee member at Groove With Me, a free dance center for girls in East Harlem.
Jenny earned her M.A. in Arts Administration through the University of Kentucky’s online graduate program while working full-time in the field. She also holds a B.A. in Dance Studies, Choreography, and Writing about Performance from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.