Hope Coolidge, Finance and Administration Officer
Hope Coolidge manages the fiduciary, administrative and human resources responsibilities of the Fund on a part-time basis. She serves as controller at regional nonprofits on a consulting basis. Prior to coming to the BPL, she worked in New York as Director of Finance and Administration at the Royal Oak Foundation. Hope served as Interim Director and Director of Finance at the Danforth Museum of Art, in Framingham, and managed finance and operations at various non-profits in the Boston area, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Central Square Theater, and the National Consumer Law Center. Hope has served on the boards of regional educational foundations and town planning in the Boston area, as well as on the Gaudino Fund for Experiential Education at Williams College. She graduated with honors from Williams (in history), and Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Susan Olsen, Director of Donor Engagement
Susan Olsen is imaginative and entrepreneurial, and as director of donor engagement on a part-time basis is charged with creating innovative programs and experiences that strengthen philanthropic outcomes. She also consults as a strategic advisor, and her long career in development spans leadership positions in higher education and museums, with significant experience in fundraising, organizational planning, creative production, and governance. Most recently she served as Creative Director for University and Campaign Donor Engagement for Harvard University (2010-2019). Prior to Harvard she was Director of Development and External Relations at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a decade. She began her career as a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind and holds degrees in rehabilitation administration (M.Ed.) and education (B.S.). A resident of Boston, she has served as a volunteer and board member of historic preservation, arts, education, social service, and conservation/environmental organizations.
Beth Barclay, Director of Individual Giving, Membership & Operations
Beth Barclay oversees annual giving and development operations at Boston Public Library. Prior to joining the Fund, she served as Director of Annual Giving at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In addition to her professional experience, Beth has served on the Board of Volunteers with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and most recently as Secretary for the Board of Trustees with the Southeastern Philharmonic.
Julia Midland, Associate Director of Patron Programs & Donor Services
Julia joins the Fund after gathering a plethora of experiences in development, marketing, and events for arts, cultural and historic institutions large and small. Most recently, she served at Beyond Walls, a celebrated grassroots public art initiative in Lynn Massachusetts, leading their communications and operations, and the Museum of Science, Boston where she focused on strategic initiatives in individual giving and fundraising events. Transformative internships at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA instilled in her a deep passion for rallying support around institutions that bring people together. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where she received her Bachelors in English with a Creative Writing Concentration and a Studio Art minor. Julia is also currently pursuing a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Angelina McCoy, Development Associate
Angelina McCoy supports the Fund’s work administratively, aids in special events and activities, and builds the office infrastructure as the development associate. Prior to coming to the Fund, she worked as the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Beacon Hill Village. Angelina served as the Visitor Services Coordinator at the Cincinnati Art Museum before moving to the Boston area. Angelina is a Chelsea Cultural Council member and previously served as the Program Director for the Chelsea Art Walk. Angelina graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in art history and from Georgetown College with Bachelor’s in studio art.