Based in Chicago as well as Los Angeles, Eileen Gill has more than twenty years’ success as a senior development executive and consultant. Eileen specializes in organizational capacity-building: fundraising, marketing, board development, and strategic planning. Her experience with cultural and educational organizations is reflected in her focus on helping organizations plan for dynamic institutional growth and change. Her work with diverse institutions—from start-ups to major cultural and educational institutions—gives her a deep understanding of what motivates donors and makes an organization effective. Eileen’s hands-on approach provides practical solutions and solid practices that increase organizations’ capacity for growth.
Eileen works with cultural and educational organizations ranging from start-ups to mid-sized organizations to universities and major art museums. In a staff or consulting capacity, she has planned annual, sponsorship, capital, and endowment fundraising campaigns for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum, Northlight Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Santa Barbara Symphony, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and others. Eileen has also directed highly successful membership and development programs at large institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, The American Red Cross, and the University of Chicago.
As a consultant, Eileen has conducted development assessments and campaign feasibility studies, designed development plans and led strategic planning processes for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Opera America,We Tell Stories, the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, Loyola University Museum of Art, Los Angeles Music and Art School, New Jersey State Opera, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Opera Idaho, Special Olympics Chicago, and the City of Hammond, Indiana, among others.
As a volunteer, Eileen was co-founder of Next Step for Teen Mothers, an integrated program of education, mentoring, support, and family health for at-risk high-school mothers. She has served on the boards of the Chicago Panel on School Policy, the Junior League of Chicago, and the Development and Membership Division of the American Association of Museums and currently serves on the board of Urban Gateways.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Eileen lives in Chicago.