MECA Announces Julie D’Andrea As New Vice President of Development

D’Andrea Brings to MECA a Wealth of Advancement Experience at World-Class Institutions including Barnard College and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Following a national search, Julie D’Andrea, who has led major fundraising campaigns in New York City at Barnard College, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company and Carnegie Hall, has been named Maine College of Art’s new Vice President of Development, College President Laura Freid announced today. The appointment is effective January 22, 2018.

“It is a pivotal time at MECA,” D’Andrea said. “President Freid is providing the strategic vision and forward momentum to move the College to new heights, and I could not be more thrilled to join the team during this important period of growth. I greatly value MECA’s mission and am eager to begin helping the institution build upon their already robust development and fundraising program.”

Since 2012, D’Andrea has served Barnard College at Columbia University as Executive Director of Campaign Advancement. In this role, she was responsible for managing all aspects of a $400 million comprehensive campaign — the largest in Barnard’s history. Her experience includes developing strategic cultivation and solicitation plans that resulted in six-to eight-figure gifts, creating communication materials that successfully conveyed fundraising goals and impact, and orchestrating thoughtful stewardship of current and prospective donors.

Prior to D’Andrea’s work at Barnard College, she directed foundation and government relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center and, before that, served as Director of Institutional Giving at Roundabout Theatre Company. Her career began in 1993 as a Major Gifts Associate at Carnegie Hall.

“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted Julie to MECA at this moment in time,” President Freid said. “She has an impressive track record in development, a clear passion for the arts, and an appreciation for the role that community can play in fundraising. I am confident that Julie will be a fabulous leader of MECA’s development efforts and a great colleague for the executive team.”

Dan Crewe, MECA Trustee and Development Committee Chair, is pleased to begin working with D’Andrea. “In addition to bringing a demonstrated ability to successfully fundraise to MECA, it is clear that Julie also possesses the right balance of passion and experience in administration of both higher education and the arts,” said Crewe. “This will serve the MECA community well as we continue to advance our mission of educating artists for life.”

D’Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Raffi Der Simonian ( or 207.699.5010).