Phoenix Symphony’s new president and chief executive: Suzanne Wilson

Posted on: February 14, 2020

The Phoenix Symphony has appointed SUZANNE WILSON as president and chief executive officer. She began her tenure on January 21, 2020, succeeding Jim Ward, who had led the Phoenix Symphony since 2011. Wilson joins the Phoenix Symphony after more than seven years as executive director of the Midori Foundation, a nonprofit that provides high-quality music education to New York City public school students in underserved communities. Prior to that, Wilson was chief of staff for the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, where she led fundraising efforts for the $85 million campus center, represented NEC on local and national boards, and managed board recruitment. Her previous leadership roles include director of the Office of External Affairs and Partnerships for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and vice president of Education and Community Engagement for the Celebrity Series of Boston. She completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Wilson has a performance background as a singer, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from Kenyon College in Ohio.