Andrea Kaiser

Interim Executive Director

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Andrea began her career as a music educator and administrator at the Community Music Center of Boston, located in the South End.  Then came a period of developing public policy and grant making in the arts, through her work at the Indiana Arts Commission, The Great Lakes Arts Alliance, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  She served as the Executive Director for the North Shore Community Arts Center in Great Neck, NY, the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and the Groton (MA) Center for the Arts.  She also served as Development Director at Austin Prep in Reading, MA.

In 1983 Andrea formed Cultural Consulting Services, a hands-on-firm that provides strategic planning, organizational development and assessment, capital campaign preparation, and cultural planning for communities.  She and her associates conduct cultural inventories and assessments, cultural plans, business plans, and fundraising strategies that lead to the development of new facilities and services.  Among CCS projects was an extensive study on a FabLab for Lena Park Community Center.

In 2000, she returned to Boston and to her roots in community, taking the position of the first Youth Director at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard in Mission Park.  She was then recruited to become the Development Director at Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester, where she moved into the role of Executive Director within a year.  She retired from Bird Street in 2013 and continues to consult with clients.

Andrea was the recipient of the Frank Farnum Award for Community Service, the President’s Award from the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, a finalist in the North Shore Woman of the Year, and twice received “Rotarian of the Year” recognition.  She served on the Board of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation as its Grants Chair for 15 years and continues to serve as the Development Chair on the Board of the Community Music Center of Boston, as well as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Wellesley.