Dara joined Avalon in 2006 after spending her early career in development at the Smithsonian and The Phillips Collection. Dara has long had a passion for museum membership programs and knows the transformative power of welcoming art into our daily lives. No matter where she travels for work or fun, she scopes out the local museums, often with her husband and two young sons in tow, to see how they’re positioning their membership programs.
Utilizing her extensive knowledge of the subject, Dara has launched successful membership programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, while supporting the continued growth of the National Museum of American Indian.
In addition to her passion for the arts, Dara is driven by a strong commitment to social justice, which she brings to her work with Avalon’s growing list of social service clients, including Pine Street Inn, Bread for the City, and The Arc of the United States. Across the board, Dara produces award-winning, revenue-driving campaigns that are helping her clients raise the funds they need to fulfill their vital missions.