Cynthia Mayeda

Updated
30 Nov 2016

Cynthia Mayeda has been the deputy director for institutional advancement at the Brooklyn Museum since 1998. Prior to joining the museum staff, Mayeda's major consulting assignments included service as senior advisor to the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; interim managing director of Crossroads Theatre Company; and acting director of the National Endowment for the Arts dance program. Mayeda continues to accept selected consulting assignments and her clients have included the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Theatre Communications Group; New York Theatre Workshop; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982–94, she worked for the former Dayton Hudson Foundation (now Target), and served as chair from 1990–94. She is a founding board member of Grantmakers in the Arts and a former chair of Women and Philanthropy, the largest affinity group in organized philanthropy. Mayeda is also a founding board member of LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), a 10-year national initiative to improve living and working conditions for United States artists. Mayeda served as the Center's panel chair in management in 2013 and 2010, and as a management LOI panelist in 2012.