Jim Selinski has recently been named Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors for the Van Wezel Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports arts education and community enrichment initiatives in partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Selinski joined the Foundation in December 2015 as Chief Development Officer responsible for growth and development strategies to achieve long term financial sustainability. Over the past two years, Jim has been an integral member of the Foundation team that has raised over $11 million in major gifts, while also boosting the Foundation annual fund activities.
In his new role, Selinski will oversee Foundation fiscal and operations management, and he will lead all development initiatives. In addition, Selinski will work closely with the Board of Directors on the Strategic and Development Committees, and he will continue his role as liaison to the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO).
Selinski previously served for five years as the Executive Director & Stewardship for the Diocese of Venice, dba St. Thomas More Parish, chairing Capital Campaigns, and overseeing business operations and stewardship. Prior to his tenure in the nonprofit sector, Selinski spent twenty years in leadership within the executive recruitment industry.
Mike Martella, the Van Wezel Foundation Chairman of the Board stated, "On behalf of the Foundation's Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce Jim Selinski as our new COO. Jim has demonstrated his ability to lead the Foundation in achieving its fundraising goals. We look forward to working with Jim in helping drive the next phase of the Foundation's growth."
For 30 years, the mission of the Van Wezel Foundation has been to create a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports arts education and inspires young minds. Please visit our website at vwfoundation.org for more information.