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Meet Maura Sheffler, TACA Donna Wilhelm Family Interim President & Executive Director

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Maura Sheffler, the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family Interim President & Executive Director (as of 12/1/22)

Maura Sheffler, a long-time member of the TACA Team, took the helm as the organization’s Donna Wilhelm Family Interim President & Executive Director on December 1, 2022. During her tenure at TACA, she has built relationships of collaboration and partnership with the local arts community. Learn more about Maura and her plans for TACA in the coming months!

As you take the helm as TACA’s interim Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director, what’s on your front burner? 

I have several priorities that I want to tackle in the coming months. First, I want to place a priority on fundraising. To do that, we’ll take a closer look at TACA’s sustainable revenue streams that are vital to our support for a growing number of deserving arts organizations and artists.

Planning opportunities that connect our supporters – individuals and families, foundations, and corporate — with arts organizations we support is another top priority. More to come on this, but we will soon be announcing events that highlight the very real impact our supporters have on our local arts community.  

On the administrative side, I want to ensure that we’re playing to the amazing talents each of our team members bring to the table, while expanding the team to include a new full-time and part-time position to deepen our fundraising capabilities. We’ll also be leveraging the collective know-how and expertise of our board, as well as their connections, to identify new supporters and raise awareness about TACA’s mission.  

 

You’ve been at TACA 9 years, a long tenure in the nonprofit world.  What is it about the organization that makes it feel like home? 

Truly, there are many reasons I’ve been on the TACA team for nearly a decade. I love our mission and that we can serve the entire arts community. We have the unique opportunity to touch and impact multiple organizations and artists.  

I love that we also serve as a thought leadership incubator and catalyst for knowledge-sharing and collaboration in the arts community as with our annual Perforum event.

Last, I get incredible, palpable joy from watching TACA’s impact on the arts community – organizations, artists, and audiences. As a former classical musician, the impact of our work is of deep personal meaning. 

 

What can you tell us about your TACA team? 

We are a small but mighty team of talented, passionate people, and we work collaboratively to fulfill our mission each day. I’m proud that our team is resilient and able to tackle their roles – and sometimes unforeseen challenges – with professionalism.  

I’m happy to share that our team is growing – we’re looking for a full-time manager of membership and engagement, as well as a part-time program assistant. For more information visit taca-arts.org/about-us/employment/.

And I can’t talk about our team without highlighting the dozens of volunteers and artists who serve as reviewers for our grants programs. They put in countless hours evaluating our applicants’ artistic work – they are the engine behind much of our mission – and we couldn’t do it without them!

 

Last, anything you’d like to share about your life outside TACA? 

My husband Scott and I are proud parents of two small children, and the arts are an important part of our family’s life. My husband is a professional bassist, and we love supporting the arts as a family, and enjoy live theater movies, and museums. Although not arts-related, we tend to spend lots of time on home improvements and renovations.  

I’m also a musician. Though I don’t pick up my violin very often these days, I have played since I was small. I had intended to pursue a musical career but realized in college that my true love was on the managerial side of the arts. So, I feel luck to be fulfilling that dream. 

I grew up in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area where I was exposed to a wealth of art and music. Today I am a happy North Texan and enjoy my family and an extended family that includes Scott’s parents and a great circle of friends and family.