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Joanna Naftali Named Associate Vice President, Midwest of AFTAU
Monday, August 19, 2019 11:27:00 AM

Accomplished fundraiser has deep roots in educational, philanthropic, and arts sectors

American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) is pleased to announce that Joanna Naftali will join AFTAU in early September 2019 as its Associate Vice President, Midwest, based in Chicago.

A Chicago native, Ms. Naftali will come to AFTAU from Northwestern University, where she has served as Director of Major Gifts since the launch of its successful $5 billion campaign. At Northwestern, she manages a team of regionally deployed major gift officers and maintains a portfolio of donors and regional campaign volunteers throughout the central U.S.

Prior to her time at Northwestern, Ms. Naftali served as Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She worked with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project as consultant for Silk Road Chicago during their 2006 collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Earlier, she was the Artistic Manager for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, having started her career in publicity and tour management with Frank Salomon Associates, a classical artists' management firm in New York.

Ms. Naftali was the recipient of a distinguished fellowship in arts management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, focused in organizational leadership, strategic planning, financial management, public relations, marketing, and corporate sponsorship.

Ms. Naftali received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University, completed professional studies in Switzerland at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, and received a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Yale University. She resides on Chicago's North Shore with her husband and two children.

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