Jacob's Pillow Taps New Deputy Director

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BECKET, Mass. — A.J. Pietrantone, vice president for Finance and Administration at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, will join Jacob's Pillow as deputy director beginning on Oct. 22.

Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of the Arts recipient, home to America's longest-running dance festival, and has recently expanded to become a year-round center for dance research and development.

"A.J.'s deep experience in nonprofit management will greatly support this institution at a pivotal time in its development. His collaborative spirit and commitment to community partnership will thrive here. As an avid Pillow subscriber and active cultural patron, his passion for the arts and dance is palpable. I so look forward to working with him," Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge said.

Pietrantone said he was "honored" to be joining Jacob's Pillow.

"It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring my skills and passion together in service to an iconic organization that is integral to our cultural history and future," he said.

As deputy director, Pietrantone will work closely with Tatge to achieve the Pillow's strategic goals, particularly in regards to Vision '22, the organization's ambitious growth and development plan through 2022. Pietrantone will oversee the management of finances, facilities, human resources and organization-wide operating systems. He will also supervise marketing, communications, and retail, and be one of the Pillow's leading representatives in its work with funders, national service organizations and a range of partners.

Pietrantone joins Jacob's Pillow with more than 30 years experience as an executive at a broad range of nonprofits. Most recently, he served as the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's chief operating and financial officer and provided high-level support to its finance and investment committees, which oversaw a $12 million annual operating and grant-making budget, as well as stewardship of $150 million in charitable assets. He has held senior finance and administrative positions with organizations focused on the arts, social services, civil rights and the environment, including national nonprofits Environmental Defense Fund and the Human Rights Campaign.

Based in New York City from 1997 to 2014, Pietrantone served as the executive director of Friends of Hudson River Park, the fundraising and advocacy arm of the longest waterfront park in the United States, and as executive vice president of KidRo Productions, the multi-media company and charitable foundation of actress Rosie O'Donnell. His volunteer efforts include a seven-year term chairing the board of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange of Takoma Park, Md., from 1995 to 2002; Lerman received the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award in 2017.

A graduate of the Catholic University of America, Pietrantone earned his M.B.A. in finance and investments at George Washington University. He currently resides in Millerton, N.Y.


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