Former Equality Texas Executive Director Dennis Coleman joins the staff of the Turtle Creek Chorale as its development director on Dec. 16.
Coleman is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He has been a development and fundraising professional for more than 25 years, specializing in cultivation of new revenue sources.
For the last nearly four years, Coleman has been building a development office at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He has also worked as Senior Consultant with The Non-Profit Group providing fundraising, grant writing and research to non-profit organizations.
Previously, Coleman was executive director of Equality Texas and the Equality Texas Foundation, state’s LGBT lobbying and advocacy group.
From 2003-2010, he worked as regional director in charge of fundraising for the Dallas regional office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education expanding the fundraising, donor cultivation and planned giving efforts for that organization in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Colorado.
Before entering the non-profit world, Coleman worked in account management and sales for Sprint PCS, The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News. He has also served as National Chair of the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign.
Chorale Executive Director Bruce Jaster said, “Dennis is a significant addition to the chorale staff and our first full-time director of development in quite a few years. We are honored that he is joining us to help build upon the Chorale’s very positive and exciting growth pattern of the last two years.”
“I am delighted to join the Chorale staff team,” adds Coleman, “and my mind is swirling with ideas for new development activities.”
Coleman studied Organizational Communication at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northwood University before completing the program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been with his partner Gregory Pynes for 15 years.
The Turtle Creek Chorale’s Christmas show, A Not So Silent Night, runs Dec. 8-11 at City Performance Hall. Tickets are available here.