Contact: Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

January 7, 2008



(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Oregon Symphony Association President Elaine Calder today announced the promotion of Jessika Allen, the orchestra’s Director of Corporate Development, to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development.

Allen joined the Oregon Symphony staff in July 2006 after serving as the Associate Executive Director of Camp Fire USA’s Mount Hood Council. Her 15-year career in non-profit development has also included previous positions with the American Tinnitus Association, the Northwest Children’s Theater and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

As vice president, Allen will take on additional responsibilities supervising all aspects of the Oregon Symphony’s operations related to earned income, including its marketing and customer service branches.

In announcing the appointment, Calder said: “Jessika has forged some terrific relationships between the Oregon Symphony and the business sector. Although her primary focus has been on securing sponsorships and corporate donations, she has great instincts and ideas that serve to connect what we do with our community. I look forward to seeing her creativity and enthusiasm for the Oregon Symphony put to even greater use in this expanded role.

“Most arts organizations have a pretty flat administrative structure, and we are no different – so it’s a real pleasure to be able to announce an internal promotion,” Calder added.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to accomplish something great,” Allen said. “I look forward to expanding the Symphony's collaborations with the business community and our other partners in the arts. Together, I hope we can encourage local and national corporations to expand their support of the arts in Oregon.”

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Portland’s Lewis & Clark College. In October 2007 she was named to the NW Women’s Journal list of “100 Most Powerful Women” in the Northwest.

Her additional responsibilities with the Oregon Symphony begin immediately. Lyndee Cox and John Kroninger continue in their roles as Director of Marketing and Director of Customer Services, respectively.

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