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Senior leadership changes at Pittsburgh Opera

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Pittsburgh Opera just announced a new director of development. More from the press release:

Pittsburgh, PA... Pittsburgh Opera announces a change in senior leadership with the appointment of Cynthia N. McCormick to the position of Director of Development and External Relations, effective June 1, 2014. Ms. McCormick steps into the position held by John Federico, who will be moving to Philadelphia, PA to work for the Cultural Data Project.

Ms. McCormick, who has worked for the Carnegie Museums since 2002, most recently as Associate Vice President for Government Affairs, was responsible for government relations and public affairs programs on behalf of all four of the Carnegie Museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center). Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn looks forward to welcoming Ms. McCormick to this important leadership position. "She brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of our community, which will help us to thrive as we move beyond our banner 75th Anniversary season. John Federico has served this company with great distinction and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work and fruitful fundraising efforts. We all wish him the very best in his new position in Philadelphia."

Ms. McCormick began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary to three members of Congress, then, as Staff Consultant to Allegheny County Commissioner Barbara Hafer, managed relations with all government bodies on matters related to the Allegheny County Jail. She also served as Director of Government Relations for the national Oncology Nursing Society, and was responsible for all lobbying activities, as well as building a government relations program. Ms. McCormick also spent six years at Port Authority of Allegheny County in various roles, including marketing, community partnerships, and government affairs, before joining the Carnegie museums.

In 2006, Ms. McCormick was appointed by Governor Rendell to the Pennsylvania Board of Judicial Conduct. In addition, she has served as the City of Pittsburgh Civil Service Commissioner for 16 years. She has been affiliated with the boards of Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania, WQED Community Advisory Board, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and the Drug and Alcohol Council of Allegheny County, among others.

Mr. Federico has been the Director of Development for Pittsburgh Opera since 1999, not including a stint as Development Director at City Theatre from 2004-2010. He first joined Pittsburgh Opera in 1997 as Associate Director of Development. During his tenure, Mr. Federico coordinated and executed campaigns that raised more than $45 million for Pittsburgh Opera from individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies, planned giving, sponsorships, and special campaigns such as the Renaissance Campaign, the Artistic Excellence Program and the 75th anniversary campaign, for which the first-year goal has already been exceeded. Mr. Federico also participated in the fundraising and planning for the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention, held in Pittsburgh in June 2004, and saw the company expand its programming into such venues as the Byham Theatre, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), and into Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.

Ms. McCormick and Mr. Federico will work together for about two weeks in May 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

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