Cape Ann Museum Appoints New Fundraising Chief
Kathleen Cooke Ryan
February 15, 2021 — The Cape Ann Museum, a Gloucester nonprofit that showcases the art and cultural history of maritime New England, recently announced that it named Kathleen Cooke Ryan as its chief philanthropy officer to oversee the organization’s fundraising activities.
Oliver Barker, director of the Cape Ann Museum, said, “Kate Ryan’s expertise is so important to the museum's future success and our commitment to engaging the broader Cape Ann community.
“We are expanding our staff, increasing our programming, and have opened a second campus, CAM Green, so this is an exciting time for us to bring on such a gifted fundraiser as part of our senior leadership as we prepare for the museum’s 150th anniversary in 2025.”
Most recently, Ryan served as senior director of development and alumni relations at Tufts University, where she helped the institution achieve consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising results, raising nearly $70 million in pledges and gifts for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Earlier, she worked for Harvard University, where her leadership positions included Harvard Business School, the Harvard Alumni Association, The Rhodes Trust, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Prior to working for U.S. universities and colleges, Ryan taught English at the Notre Dame Seishin Women's University in Okayama, Japan.
“Cape Ann is a very special place with unsurpassed beauty, especially comforting this past year as we sought peace and solace during uncertain times,” said Ryan. “The community is so fortunate to have such a beautiful Museum to honor and share the many dimensions of Cape Ann’s art, nature, history, and culture.”
Ryan earned a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is currently a board member of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies.
Founded in 1875 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, the museum adopted its current name in 2007 to better reflect its mission and commitment to the people of Cape Ann presentation of its traditions of art, history, and culture.
For the year ending Dec. 21, 2019, the Cape Ann Museum reported $7.8 million in revenue, of which $6.4 million came from contributions and grants, and $3.0 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.