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Colleen Russell Criste

As deputy director and chief philanthropy officer, Colleen Russell Criste is the guiding architect of the museum’s fundraising program. 

With 25 years of experience in top management roles primarily in the museum sector, Ms. Criste came to the Cleveland Museum of Art from Los Angeles, where she served in a consulting role with nonprofits and cultural organizations across Southern California.  

She has also led development and membership programs with Southern California Public Radio, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), establishing strong development programs with increased resources. 

Prior to her roles in Los Angeles and New York City where she led development and marketing for the International Center of Photography, Ms. Criste spent 13 years with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh on behalf of both the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum where she was the deputy director. 

A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Criste holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a minor in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.