Long Beach Opera (LBO) announced this week the appointment of Elizabeth Kurila as its new director of development. Her selection is the result of a search conducted by Los Angeles-based Arts Consulting Group, a provider of executive search and other consulting services for the arts and culture sector.
“Elizabeth’s depth of experience in all aspects of development and fundraising, along with her strong love of music, make her the ideal person to help LBO’s continued growth as a leading arts company and to further its goal of providing daring and innovative operas to a wide and diverse audience,” said Andreas Mitisek, artistic and general director. “All of us at LBO are thrilled to have Elizabeth as part of our team.”
Kurila has a background in entrepreneurship, senior development and marketing experience from her previous roles as director of Development for both the Nine Network of Public Media and the University of Missouri- St. Louis’s College of Fine Arts and Communications. In addition, she served as COO of Suttle Mindlin, an international architectural design studio specializing in urban planning and development projects, and she held senior positions with Herman Miller, Kimball International, and Xerox Corporation.
“Elizabeth’s experience will strengthen the team that continues our tradition as one of the nation’s most innovative opera companies,” said Board President Sue Bienkowski. “Under the leadership of Andreas Mitisek, the company has shown impressive development, and we look forward to working with Elizabeth to bring LBO to the next level by expanding our audiences in Southern California and beyond.”
Kurila is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with a master’s degree in public policy administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership. She is the past president of the UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership Alumni Chapter and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“It is exciting to be part of an opera company that values innovation, adventure, and thought-provoking experiences,” Kurila said. “The opportunity to play a role in advancing LBO’s mission and vision through a more robust and diverse charitable giving program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”