Following a comprehensive nationwide search for a new Senior Vice President of Development, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is proud to name Lisa A. Mantone, a former top executive for the New York Philharmonic, to the senior leadership position. The announcement was made by NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber and is effective immediately. 

Raised in the Garden State, where she still resides, Mantone recently led development teams at the New York Philharmonic in fulfilling annual fundraising goals and helping to strategize the launch of a significant endowment campaign. Her career of more than 30 years included key posts with iconic New York institutions: The Museum of Modern Art, WNET Channel THIRTEEN and Columbia University.

As NJPAC’s Senior Vice President of Development, Mantone reports directly to the President and CEO.

“As Newark continues to evolve into a powerhouse city, and the diversity of our audiences likewise is measured by leaps, I’m delighted to have a new colleague who thrives on sweeping change,” said Schreiber. “Lisa is bringing her considerable fundraising skills home to New Jersey – by partnering with our team and our benefactors, she will enable NJPAC to reach a greater level of visibility and support. She’s back where she belongs!”

“I am very pleased that this homecoming places me at NJPAC, the jewel of the State’s cultural institutions, on the eve of its 20th anniversary season,” said Mantone, a South Orange resident. “I have deep admiration for the diversity of both its arts education initiatives and entertainment programming, and look forward to meeting each of our donors and strengthening relationships with the myriad communities served by the Arts Center.”

Mantone, who grew up in Bergen County, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications at William Paterson University and was an adjunct professor for seven years in Seton Hall University’s Museum Studies program.

As Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement for the New York Philharmonic, Mantone managed a portfolio of donors and prospects for annual and campaign gifts. She also supervised the communications and publications teams. The President’s Council, which fostered and identified a new generation of leadership for the Philharmonic, was created during her tenure.

As Vice President, Development and Communications at WNET, Mantone oversaw fund-raising and media campaigns related to the network’s 50th anniversary celebration. She served as Director of Development at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked from 1998-2011. As Senior Development Officer at Columbia University, Mantone was responsible for annual giving for the university’s library system.