Holly Krassner Dawson


NAPA, CA, November 14, 2018 – di Rosa Center for Contemporary Arts announced today the appointment of Colleen Schulman as director of development for the Napa-based arts organization. Schulman joined di Rosa in 2017 as senior development officer and has served as interim director of development for the past 4 1/2 months.
As director of development, Schulman is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing di Rosa’s fundraising efforts, including membership, annual fund, major and leadership gifts, grants, corporate support, planned giving, events and large-scale fundraising campaigns. She is currently spearheading efforts for di Rosa’s Centennial Gala, which will take place on February 2, 2019. The event will mark the 100th year of founder Rene di Rosa’s birth and will feature the presentation of the inaugural di Rosa Award.
A seasoned fundraiser, Schulman brings to di Rosa more than a decade of experience in the arts and higher education, including her most recent role as annual and special giving manager for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis where she launched the new museum’s inaugural annual giving program.
Schulman’s fundraising career also includes roles as the director of development for UC Davis in the College of Letters and Science and development officer and function manager for the Concord Museum in Concord, Mass. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history and classics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Colleen earned her Master of Science in Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University. She currently serves on the Arts Council Napa Valley board of directors.
“We welcome Colleen as an important addition to our leadership team,” said Robert Sain, executive director of di Rosa. “During her interim position at di Rosa, she has proven time and again her passion for and expertise in arts philanthropy. We are delighted to confirm her as director and look forward to her continued contributions to di Rosa’s growth and success.”
“di Rosa is at an exciting pivot point,” said Schulman. “Over the past year, the organization has opened its doors to engage new audiences and visitors like never before. A robust, expanding roster of rotating exhibitions and public programs has been well-received. I look forward to continuing my work as an advocate for di Rosa and securing the philanthropic support the organization needs to assure its long-term sustainability.”

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents contemporary exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and maintains a permanent collection of notable works by artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. A wide range of styles, media and subject matter provides an overview of the creative energy and freedom to experiment that characterize this region of California. di Rosa features multiple galleries, a sculpture park and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region that are protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust. For more information, visit
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