NONPROFIT CONSULTING

About Mary Navarro Consulting

Mary Navarro has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a grantmaker, executive manager and college professor, with particular expertise in the arts and culture, public art, design, community development and environment sectors.  In 2009 she founded her consulting practice and provides strategic planning, meeting facilitation, research,   project management and training for a range of local and national clients. Navarro was until recently an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Arts Management Program and previously at the University of Bologna, Italy teaching in the Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts (GIOCA) program.

Navarro’s current projects include temporary Grant Coordinator for Arts & Culture at The Pittsburgh Foundation, design and public art assistance for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation and planning for several local organizations  including Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, Chamber Music Pittsburgh and MCN (Museum Computer Network), a national organization.  Recently Navarro completed a twelve month assignments as interim manager for Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and  from June 2013 through June 2015 completed two other interim executive director assignments, Interim Director for Gateway to the Arts and immediately prior  Interim Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography. For Gateway to the Arts she helped guide the organization to a successful merger with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For Silver Eye she prepared the organization to hire a new executive director.  Chief duties include strategic planning, fundraising, staff management, financial planning and management, board development, and program planning.

Other recent  projects include: relocation planning for Silver Eye Center for Photography including assisting in the sale of the building, and assisting with campaign planning; conducting a survey and facilitating retreats to kick off a new strategic planning process for the Pittsburgh Glass Center; preparing a strategic plan for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures; developing a new business model for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; developing an updated strategic direction for the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative; and project management for public art restoration within a public park.

Mary is able to draw on her 20 years of experience as a senior program officer at The Heinz Endowments to provide expertise and assistance to her clients.  Mary’s work covered a broad range of activities including visual and performing arts, public art, architecture, and design. She developed and managed the Small Arts Initiative, and was a partner with the statewide team that expanded the Endowments’ touring program for performing arts organizations to cover the entire Mid-Atlantic region. She worked with many mid-sized organizations, helping them to develop their artistic potential, leadership capacity and facility options. Mary led the Endowments’ Downtown Now Strategic Alliance to support development, housing, amenities and cultural facilities in downtown Pittsburgh as well as heading the foundation’s Civic Design Initiative. She oversaw the Endowments’ involvement in architectural competitions for the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania commemorating 9/11.  Mary has been a leader in public art initiatives, including the $2 million program for the convention center, development of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art and instituting a public art manager position in the City of Pittsburgh Planning Department.  Mary managed The Heinz Endowments’ art collection of about 100 items and recently completed the development of The Endowments’ Downtown Now Photography Project.

Mary received a master’s in public management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, and a bachelor’s in urban studies from Bradford College. She has been a co-chair of the Urban Design Committee of the Riverlife Task Force in Pittsburgh and a council member for the Public Art Network, a national organization. She chaired the design sub-committee of the Mayor’s Gaming Task Force, a group appointed by Mayor Tom Murphy in 2007 to make recommendations on the planned casino design. She has served on the boards of Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, and the Winchester-Thurston School. She currently serves on the City Of Pittsburgh’s PGHArts committee and chairs the Sports and Exhibition Authority’s Art Committee.  Mary is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Pennsylvania.

Services & Clients

Mary Navarro is a creative thinker that will help you to develop strategy, conduct research and evaluation, and manage projects. She also provides training and technical assistance to a range of clients. She has extensive experience in the arts, planning and community development fields.

Mary’s clients include:

Allegheny County Parks Foundation
American Philatelic Society
ArtUp
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
Bloomfield Garfield Corporation
Carnegie Museum of Art
CorningWorks
Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Gateway to the Arts
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
The Heinz Endowments
Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania
Judith Kelly + Associates
Neville House Associates
Office of Public Art
The Penn State Center Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Point Park University
Quantum Theatre
Riverlife
Silver Eye Center for Photography
The Andy Warhol Museum
Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra (TRYPO)
Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Contact

Mary Navarro
Nonprofit Consulting
12 Foster Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Email: mary@marynavarro.com
Phone: 412.580.9090

Associates

PAM GOLDEN
Mary and Pam Golden often work together on strategic planning, board retreats and meeting facilitation. Pam has more than 25 years of professional experience in marketing and communications, strategic planning and project management.  Ms. Golden is currently Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation. There, she is leading the board and the organization through its own strategic decision making process that includes determining where and how resources will be allocated, board development, and infrastructure improvements and managing PCGF’s grants allocations.

Golden holds a Masters’ from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy (area of concentration: management of non-profit organizations) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

ANNE J. SWAGER HON.  AIA

Anne recently retired from AIA Pittsburgh (American Institute of Architects) where she served as the Executive Director for 27 years. During her tenure with the AIA, Anne received many awards. After receiving a National Service Award in 1999, she was made an Honorary Member of the AIA in 2000. Before joining the AIA, she managed Mt. Lebanon’s economic development corporation, Uptown Mt. Lebanon and was the executive Vice President of the South Side Development Corporation. Her strong skill set in business and finance is directly related to her initial tenure in branch management and lending with Mellon Bank.

Anne also, has a long history of civic engagement. Appointed to Riverlife by Mayor Murphy, Anne co-chaired the Urban Design Committee, chaired the Public Art Sub-Committee and sat on the Executive Committee. In April 2005, she was appointed co-chair of the Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force that was formed to help ensure that Pittsburgh’s concerns were represented in the process the State of Pennsylvania undertook to award slots licenses. She is honored to be one of the founding members of the Civic Design Coalition where she collaborated on how to ensure that good design and planning are the cornerstones of economic development in the city. Anne is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and served on the Planning Board in her community from 1994 to 2002.

 

ELLEN SHEPPARD

Ellen recently retired from her position as Development Officer for YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, where she was responsible for the fund development, communications, and strategic planning efforts of the organization.  Before joining the YW, Ellen served as Pittsburgh Opera’s Director of Development, where she secured and stewarded annual contributions, directed a six-person department, and developed and steered an $8M capital campaign.  Ellen also worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Director of Donor Relations and Director of Foundation & Government Support. She taught graduate level courses in Fundraising as an Adjunct Professor with CMU’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management for seven years. Ellen has served on evaluation panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Arts Marketing Project, and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.