UPAF hires new fundraising chief

Sandy Wysocki to join organization in May

Sandy Wysocki

The United Performing Arts Fund announced it has hired Sandy Wysocki to head the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Currently, Wysocki is the audience development director for the Milwaukee Business Journal, where she has worked for 14 years.


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Wysocki will become chief development officer of UPAF next month. Milwaukee-based UPAF is the umbrella nonprofit organization that raises funds to support 15 performing arts groups in southeastern Wisconsin.

“As we enter our 50th year in 2017, we’re incredibly fortunate to have Sandy leading our development efforts as we strive to continue growing the annual campaign,” UPAF president and CEO Deanna Tillisch said in a statement released Thursday morning.

Wysocki has been involved with many nonprofits in the past, including The Women’s Center in Waukesha, The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County, the I Back Jack Foundation, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, TEMPO Milwaukee, Professional Dimensions and Milwaukee Women Inc.

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“The UPAF opportunity in some ways is an extension of the many partnerships I’ve been involved in for years and a logical next step in my career,” Wysocki said in the statement. “I’m so excited to work with an outstanding staff and continue to partner with our business community and other stakeholders to sustain and grow southeastern Wisconsin’s world-class performing arts assets. ”

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