Elysia Dawn

Executive Director

Drawing on over two decades of experience working in the arts at world-class institutions, Elysia Dawn measurably demonstrates her advocacy for the organizations she serves with business acumen and artistry. With a background in professional ballet and a Nonprofit Management master’s degree from Columbia University, Elysia has worked for organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florence Dance Festival at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Frick Collection, and GALLIM.

At The Met, she helped annually produce hundreds of events for MetLiveArts, more than tripled their audience in the hundreds of thousands, and increased their funding by over a third of their annual budget. While serving as Fundraising Director for GALLIM, Elysia created a comprehensive fundraising plan through the pandemic that resulted in their most ambitious and successful initiative to date, increasing contributions by over twofold and founding their Artist in Residence program.

Receiving multiple King’s Crown Leadership Awards as well as a community service award from Columbia University, Elysia was recognized for serving the Columbia Ballet Collaborative as their Artistic Director and founder of both their Outreach Program and the Ivy Ballet Exchange. Prior to receiving her master’s degree from Columbia, she received her bachelors’ degree at the university with a major in Art History and a minor in Business Management. She’s since been a featured speaker at Columbia and served on the board of its General Studies Alumni Association.

Elysia is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and the communities we constitute. She greatly values devoting her passion and professionalism toward strengthening organizations to achieve their vision and improve the conditions of the world we live in. A Naples native, Elysia enjoys spending her free time dancing, teaching Pilates, dining, and being with family and friends, especially by or in our beautiful beaches and great outdoors. She is honored to be a member of Leadership Collier Foundation’s Class of 2024.