Amanda Phillips, Executive Director of Development & Operations at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) is an innovative, energetic leader with broad development and advancement experience. She also has a deep, personal and lifelong enthusiasm for supporting artists’ careers that began with her parents, who started one of the first contemporary art galleries in London in the 1950’s and continued their patronage of emerging talent into a collection still based in an active public space in the UK. Their passion for mentoring and building relationships with artists rubbed off and continues to be a primary motivator in Amanda’s life.
In 2017/2018, Amanda connected with Philadelphia, and many operating within its creative-focused circles, while part of the cohort in the National Arts Strategies Executive Program in Non-profit Arts and Culture Strategy based at The University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. And she is excited to return to Philadelphia to continue her work with visual artists.
Over the last five and a half years, she has overseen the transformative growth of the iconic Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House historic site in Alexandria, VA into a dynamic, relevant space. The site employs a myriad of artists, designers and craftspeople to help tell its complex stories.
Prior to her time at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey, she was the longtime Development Director at FRESHFARM Markets. There she partnered with institutions such as The Phillips Collection and those supporting emerging creatives such as Transformer to produce revenue-generating programs that helped make the organization an integral part of the city’s life.
Passionate about strengthening communities and supporting creatives as a force for social change, she thrives on forging unexpected partnerships, leading teams and executing mission-driven, strategic events. Amanda also has experience in all aspects of revenue-stream generation, operations and budget stabilization, strategic planning, communications and marketing and team development.
As a volunteer, Amanda chaired the Development Committee for the Arlington Arts Center Board, serves as a member of Art Table, has been a grant panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and over the years, has advised several greater-DC arts organizations, such as Washington Project for the Arts, with their annual fundraising galas. Amanda will continue to retain her board position at the national James Renwick Alliance, which supports American craft and thrives on all-things cultural from Shakespeare to Philip Glass, creative placemaking and modern design. When she can fit it in, she loves to silversmith, dabble in the visual arts herself (timidly), kayak and play tennis.