MOBILE   •  NEWS   ·  February 11, 2022

Welcome, Mark Dawson!

The Museum of Photographic Arts is proud to welcome Mark Dawson as the new deputy director for philanthropy. Dawson is an expert in business development, fundraising and building programs from the ground up for nationally and internationally renowned organizations.

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With an extensive background in fundraising, education in arts and overall passion for visual arts, Dawson will help MOPA engage new audiences and create community both on and offline. He’ll use his varied and community-based background to steward long-term and meaningful relationships. He will also develop innovative campaigns that allow MOPA to connect with the broader community and empower those in San Diego and beyond to use the lens to find their voice, while telling their story.

“I’ve found so much meaning in life through my interactions with the visual arts and I want to help San Diegans to the same,” Dawson said.

In today’s climate, expression for expression’s sake is not enough. Our art must also hold itself to the new standard of art as a catalyst for public discourse and social change. In response to this reality, MOPA created an entirely new deputy director for philanthropy position to meet the emerging needs of MOPA and our shared community.

We’re excited to expand our team and capabilities with Mark. With his background in the fundraising and art worlds, he will be an important asset to the museum,” says Deborah Klochko, MOPA’s executive director and chief curator. “Mark brings a unique and special set of skills that will help MOPA to reach new audiences, build and nurture relationships and help our community express itself through art.”

Prior to joining MOPA, Dawson began his fundraising career in the national office of Planned Parenthood Federation and played a critical role in building development programs at RAND Corporation, Friends of the Truman Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. He also served as the executive director of the New York Visual Arts Foundation at the School of Visual Arts.


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