National Symphony Orchestra Appoints Chief Development Officer

By Francisco Salazar

National Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jean Davidson and the Kennedy Center have announced that Eric B. Stillman will become the Chief Development Officer for the NSO.

Stillman began on May 1, 2023 and comes to the Kennedy Center from the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Throughout the years, Stillman has raised more than $135 million in gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations for charitable purposes.

In a statement Stillman said, “Growing up, my parents brought me to many concerts and performances. Looking back, I realize how privileged I was to have had such frequent exposure to the arts. Those experiences have shaped who I am today. That’s why it is an honor to begin this position with the National Symphony Orchestra where I will work with Jean Davidson and our generous Board and donors in support of the NSO. In doing so, I hope to help the orchestra continue its mission to reach all walks of life, especially diverse communities and young people whose lives might be changed by exposure to this music.”

Executive Director Davidson added, “Eric comes to us with extensive fundraising, management, and program administration experience. Among other roles, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Director of Development–Neuroscience for the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans; and President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, in Davie, Florida. We are all thrilled to work with Eric as we embark on a new season and look forward to a bright future for the NSO.”

The 2022–2023 season marked the National Symphony Orchestra’s 91st and Gianandrea Noseda’s sixth season as its Music Director.