Elena Quevedo has been our Senior Vice President of Advancement since March 2017; she leads the Development, Marketing, and Communication functions at The New Jewish Home.

After a career in academia teaching medieval and Islamic art and architecture at Rutgers University, Elena joined The MacDowell Colony, one of the oldest artist residency programs in the nation, providing funding to artists through fellowships and stipends. Elena spent seven years in various development disciplines, ending her tenure at The MacDowell Colony as Director of Individual Giving and Special Events.  Elena went on to accept a position at the New York City Ballet as Director of Individual Giving and was later promoted to Director of Advancement and Planned Giving. In this role, Elena was responsible for furthering the Major Gifts and Planned Giving Programs with responsibility for managing and training a team of major gifts officers.

Elena served as a board member and co-founder of The Hawthorne Foundation’s Manhattan Annex school whose mission is to promote development and education for children in the autism spectrum, as well as a board member and treasurer of The Exceptional Family, and the Global Autism Project.

More recently, when Elena received the unexpected news in 2015 that Sweet Briar College was closing at the end of that academic year, she immediately joined a select group of major gift fundraising alumnae with whom she worked to raise $18MM in three months to keep the school open, while simultaneously another alumnae group sued the administration, taking the case all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court and having it rule in its favor.

Elena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Medieval Studies from Sweet Briar College, and a Master of Arts and PhD from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.