Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

Tess O’Dwyer

Tess O’Dwyer provides strategic planning and fundraising counsel to leaders of the nonprofit sector. Her client roster includes cultural museums, performing arts companies, and social justice agencies. Prior to her consultancy, Ms. O'Dwyer served as Vice President for Cultural Affairs at the Americas Society, Director of Development at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Associate Director of Individual Giving at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Her fundraising operations were ranked Top 10 by the Association of Art Museum Directors in a survey of 200 museums nationwide. With a master's degree in English from Rutgers University, Ms. O'Dwyer coedited Review: Art and Literature of the Americas and translated Latin American literary classics by Alberto Blest Gana and Giannina Braschi. Winner of the Columbia University Translation Center Award, she serves as a Board member of Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, The Evergreen Review, and PEN American Center.