Kirsten Peterson Johansen will join Phoenix Art Museum as its new Deputy Director, Advancement, following the completion of an extensive national search led by Arts Consulting Group, Inc.

Johansen will officially begin her role withPhoenix Art Museum on January 14, 2016.

Johansen brings many years of thoughtful, strategic, and nationally-recognized experience in the solicitation of major and principal gifts. In her new role, she will oversee multiple divisions within the Museum’s structure, including development, development information services, membership, volunteer services, visitors services, support organizations, and marketing and communications.

Johansen comes to Phoenix Art Museum from Washington, D.C., where she served the National Park Foundation as the Senior Vice President, Individual and Foundation Giving, and the National Director, Centennial Fundraising Campaign, since 2013. During her tenure with the National Park Foundation (a congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the National Park Service), she oversaw the design, development and execution of a first-ever, comprehensive $250 million campaign, and recruited staff and built systems, contributing to more than $140 million in new campaign gifts. Prior to that position, she served from 2004-2013 as the Director of Leadership Gifts with the Smithsonian Institution, where she spearheaded a centralized engagement, solicitation and stewardship plan and secured new principal gifts totaling $75 million across 19 individual museums, seven science centers and the National Zoo.

A native of Lake Tahoe, California,Johansen holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Humanities degree in Art History and Philosophy from Pepperdine University. Additionally, she completed a certificate in Non-Profit Executive Management from Georgetown University.