Maximum $$$ with Minimal Pain: Budgeting for Success

9–10:30 a.m.

Rachel Robert, Director of Finance and Operations, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Melissa Husby, Director of Institutional Giving, Seattle Repertory Theatre

Learn strategies for increasing the impact of program budgets in telling your story; add dollars to your bottom line by thinking holistically about expenses; and simplify grant management and reporting by integrating program planning into your initial request. Not simply “Budget 101,” this session will include interactive learning through small groups and sample case studies.

Presenter Bios:
Rachel Robert, Director of Finance and Operations, Seattle Repertory Theatre: Rachel has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, focusing nearly all of that time in the non-for-profit sector. Since 1994 she has been Director of Finance & Operations at Seattle Repertory Theatre, one of the nation’s leading regional theater organizations. During that time, she has implemented integrated budgeting forecasting and accounting systems that have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the Theatre’s fiscal management in support of the organization’s strategic direction. Rachel has a BA degree from the University of Washington. She has served on the Washington State Society of CPAs’ Non-for-Profit Committee (1992-1997), Strategic Planning Committee (1997-2000) and Board of Directors (1997-2000). She won the Society’s Committee Chair of the Year Award in 1996. In 2007 Rachel was honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a finalist for CFO of the Year. Since 2013, she has been an adjunct faculty member for the Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership program, co-teaching Financial Management for the Arts.

Melissa Husby, Associate Director of Development, Institutional Giving, Seattle Repertory Theatre: Melissa has worked in nonprofit programs and fundraising for 13 years, primarily in the arts and culture sector. In her post at Seattle Repertory Theatre, she works closely with executive leadership and program staff to set strategy for operating, project and capital requests to foundation, corporate and government funders. Prior to moving to Seattle, she managed a $96 million capital campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, while also securing six-figure project support grants for exhibitions and collections initiatives. Melissa holds an MA in museum studies and an MPA in nonprofit financial management, both from New York University.