Jennifer Basten

Chief Development Officer

First Year at Austin Opera: 2017

Job: Jennifer oversees all development department activities and strategies.

Jennifer Basten has dedicated the last ten years to working in opera administration. She joined the Austin Opera senior team in 2017 as Chief Development Officer where she is responsible for all contributed revenue streams and oversees three development team members and the database administrator.

She began her career in company management and artistic administration at Opera New Jersey before moving into fundraising. She was a member of the development staff at Opera Philadelphia for seven years, most recently as the Director of Individual Giving, where she was responsible for managing the company’s individual giving programs, overseeing development department operations, and VIP donor services. While under her direction, Opera Philadelphia’s annual fund revenue increased by 44%.

Jennifer holds a B.M. in Voice Performance and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She also earned an Executive Program certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy in partnership with National Arts Strategies and is an alumnus of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program

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