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Cynthia Ries

Cynthia Ries

Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Ries, MPA, is executive director of Greater Cleveland Community Shares where she oversees fundraising for 45 social justice organizations. Her thirty years of experience in management, fundraising, and marketing for arts organizations includes posts at The Metropolitan Opera, American Composers Orchestra, Theatre Development Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Children’s Museum of Manhattan. She has taught an arts management elective in the Milano graduate nonprofit management program at New School University. Ries serves on numerous boards including the Artist Community Federal Credit Union. She holds an MPA from NYU's Wagner School in arts policy, planning and administration.  Ries teaches Development for the Visual and Performing Arts at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.

Currently Teaching

Nonprofit Arts Management

Learn the fundamentals of healthy nonprofit arts organizations by surveying the principal concerns and skills required of an arts manager.

Development for the Visual and Performing Arts

Learn the techniques, skills, and strategies for implementing an effective fundraising plan for arts organizations in challenging times.