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Boston Arts Academy Foundation Announces New Vice President of Philanthropy

Amy Malkemes joins the Boston Arts Academy Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising

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Boston, MA  - May 20, 2024 -  The Boston Arts Academy Foundation, a vital 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization, announced today that Amy Malkemes will be joining the foundation as the Vice President of Philanthropy. The BAAF raises critical funds for Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. In her role, Malkemes will oversee donor relations and drive philanthropic revenue while promoting the BAAF's mission and the success of Boston Arts Academy students. 

"I firmly believe that access to a quality education is a true game-changer in one's life," said Malkemes. "I have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the transformational impact of a Boston Arts Academy education, as my niece Cady Malkemes graduated as salutatorian of her class in 2021," she said. "Having this professional opportunity to join the Boston Arts Academy Foundation as their new Vice President of Philanthropy is truly an honor. I look forward to raising the necessary funds to provide Boston's best and brightest youth with access to a high-quality arts-intensive education," she said.

"As a proud alum of Boston Arts Academy, I am thrilled for my aunt to join the team that made my education at the school possible," said Cady Malkemes. "The free fine arts education and creative academic space I had access to at the school profoundly influenced me into the person I am today. I am deeply honored to know that my aunt will now work to provide this unique access possible for future students!" 

Amy Malkemes comes to the Boston Arts Academy Foundation with over 20 years of experience in fundraising, including Director of Development roles at the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Lena Park Community Development Corporation. Most recently, she served as the Director of Advancement at Cathedral High School in the South End; Amy provided leadership to a team of development professionals, raising $2.8 million annually. During her time at Cathedral, she provided vital support and oversight to Cathedral's successful $60 million Cathedral Now, Cathedral Forever campaign, ensuring that the school will remain open for the next 100 years.

“I am incredibly excited for Amy to join our team,” said Denella Clark, President and CEO of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation. “I am confident her extensive experience with diverse organizations and proven track record for successful fundraising will help us reach our goals to create the best opportunities for our deserving students at the Boston Arts Academy,” Clark said.

Amy is a Massachusetts native of Raynham and currently resides in Saugus. She received her bachelor's degree at Gordon College, majoring in Social Work, and two master's degrees from Bryn Mawr College, including a Master's in Law and Social Policy and a Master's in Social Service. When Amy is not raising funds for Boston's youth, she is an active member of Calvary Christian Church and Good Hope Inc. in Lynnfield, MA. In her spare time, she enjoys watching both the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots, and in the summer, you may see her out with her husband on their Harley Davidson.

About the Boston Arts Academy Foundation: The Boston Arts Academy Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 with a crucial mission. It exists to bridge the gap between the Boston Arts Academy's allocation from Boston Public Schools and the true cost of a high-quality, arts-intensive, and college preparatory education. Each year, the foundation relies on the support of foundations, corporations, and individual donors to ensure the school can continue to offer a comprehensive arts and academic education. Your support is instrumental in shaping the future of Boston's young artists and performers.

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