Lila Kanner joins Jacob's Pillow as Chief Philanthropy Officer

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BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced that Lila Kanner has joined Jacob's Pillow as its new Chief Philanthropy Officer. 
 
She started in her new role with the Pillow on May 23.
 
Kanner brings to the Pillow more than 20 years of experience in the arts and a decade in fundraising leadership. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director of Development at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she managed a development team to deliver campaigns, major gifts, membership, operations, alumni relations, and events. In her tenure at The Courtauld, she oversaw the strategy and management of the organization's fundraising efforts and led the fundraising team to complete a capital campaign of more than $70 million. 
 
Prior to her time at The Courtauld, Lila served as Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums.
 
"Some of my earliest, formative art experiences are from attending Jacob's Pillow performances, and I am thrilled to join the leadership team as Chief Philanthropy Officer at this important time," Kanner said. "I am inspired by the organization's artistic program, mission and the ambitions of all who are part of the Pillow's treasured local, national and international communities. I look forward to working with staff, artists, and supporters to celebrate the 90th anniversary this summer and to engaging everyone who believes in a bright second century for the Pillow."
 
In her new role, Kanner will be working with the Executive and Artistic Director, the Board, and staff to advance the development goals of the Pillow. Lila will be key in strengthening the organization's major giving and essential in the creation of a new development and stewardship plan for the future. 
 
In addition to her experience including London, Boston and New York, Lila is a Berkshire native, having graduated from Pittsfield High School and attended Pillow performances throughout her life. Lila looks forward to bringing her passion for the arts and dance to Jacob's Pillow.
 
"I'm so thrilled to have such an experienced strategist and exceptional human being join our senior team," said Jacob's Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, Pamela Tatge. "We feel so fortunate that this graduate of Pittsfield High School and camp counselor from Chimney Corners Camp is returning to the Berkshires to assist our beloved Pillow in growing and evolving at this exciting time in our history."

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