The leading arts organization in Colorado Springs, the Fine Arts Center, has a new executive director.
David Dahlin, who has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, was hired after a comprehensive national search that followed the exit of former executive director Sam Gappmayer, who left in November for a leadership position at a museum in Illinois. In the interim, the museum has been led by Nechie Hall, a former board member and public relations expert. Dahlin will take the reins from Hall on July 7.
"I have lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years, know the beauty and strength of this community, and am thrilled to bring my extensive experience to such a respected arts institution," Dahlin stated in a press release. "I look forward to leveraging the power of the arts in not only contributing to the soul of the community, but in exposing people to diverse perspectives, and driving a vibrant economy."
In the same release, Hall said she approved of the selection.
"We have such a strong staff and executive team who have been creating top-quality experiences and programming," she stated. "David's refreshing vision and proven business acumen will complement that collective talent with exactly the kind of leadership the organization needs."
For Dahlin, this is something of a homecoming. He worked for local Christian nonprofit Compassion International for 19 years ending in 2013, where he was promoted from chief of staff to chief operating officer and, ultimately, to executive vice president. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the organization had revenues exceeding $598 million.
After leaving Compassion, Dahlin took his current position as director of strategy for Geneva Global, a business that works with foundations, nonprofits, corporations and individuals to help them maximize their philanthropic impact. While Geneva has offices in Philadelphia and London, Dahlin's LinkedIn account indicates that he currently lives in Denver.
"The board is delighted that a CEO of David's international caliber will be leading this institution," Jim Raughton, FAC board chair, stated in the release.
According to his biography on Geneva's website, Dahlin has a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Olaf College, a master's degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and has served on various nonprofit boards.