Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Announces New Executive Director: Paul A. Frank, Seasoned Fundraising Professional | News Release | ASO


Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 1.09.28 PM.pngAlexandria Symphony Orchestra Announces New Executive Director

ASO Hires Seasoned Fundraising Professional

Alexandria, VA—The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) warmly welcomes to its team Paul A. Frank as Executive Director. Mr. Frank has experience in strategic planning and fundraising, with strengths in community building and arts management.


Mr. Frank is the founding Principal of Paul A. Frank Consulting, which specializes in helping organizations set goals and meet them.  Prior to establishing his consulting service, he served as CEO of the Collingwood Library and Museum as well as Executive Director for the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and most recently, Interim Executive Director for the McLean Orchestra.


Active in community groups and leadership, Mr. Frank participates in the chambers of commerce for Alexandria, Greater McLean, Fairfax County and Mount Vernon-Lee. He is also active in the Rotary Club and Alexandria Arts Forum and other groups in leadership positions.


The ASO is currently in its second year in search of a new of a new Music Director and Conductor.  The current 73rd Season is underway featuring Masterworks with renowned guest conductors presented at two Alexandria venues: Schlesinger Concert Hall (NVCC campus) and the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Background information on Mr Frank:

Paul Frank is the founding Principal of Paul A. Frank Consulting, a firm that helps organizations achieve their strategic objectives. Prior to establishing his consulting service, Paul was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Collingwood Library & Museum, a foundation dedicated to U.S. History and the American Patriotic Experience. (2010-2015) Mr. Frank also recently served as Interim Executive Director for McLean Orchestra.

From 2001-2010 Mr. Frank was Vice President, Business and Professional Banking for M&T Bank (formerly Provident Bank) and served as Vice President, Business Development and Community Affairs for 1st Service Bank.

Mr. Frank was Executive Director for the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a non-profit organization that raised public awareness and executed exhibits and community based programs on behalf of the Torpedo Factory, home of the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. (1995-2001)

Mr. Frank previously was a business and non-profit consultant with The Paul A. Frank Companies (1985-1996).

Mr. Frank participates in several area chambers of commerce, including the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (former Board member and Board Vice Chairman), the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce (former Board member and fundraising Gala Chair), the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Emcee/Auctioneer for Valor Awards and Foundation fundraisers), and the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.

Current community involvement includes the Rotary Club of Alexandria (Contributions Committee, Fundraising Committee Chair, Club Historian), the Alexandria Arts Forum (Former President) and the McLean Orchestra (Immediate Past President, Board of Trustees).  He is past President of the Rotary Club of McLean. He previously served the Alexandria Red Cross (Board Vice President, Waterfront Festival Chair), the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (Board Vice Chairman, Development Chair), and the Arts Council of Fairfax County (Board member).

Mr. Frank earned his B.A from The George Washington University.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 2008 and holds CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation, a professional fundraising certification.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce recognized Mr. Frank with the “President’s Award” for “exceptional contribution,” and subsequently the “Home Town Hero Award” for raising the largest amount for a single event in Chamber history.  He was a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce “Blue Diamond Award” nominee for his commitment to corporate citizenship. He received the “Harmony Award” for furthering the arts in the City of Alexandria.  The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored him as “Chairman of the Year” for membership and program development.  He was a “Plank Owner” and “Honorary Crew Member” of U.S.S. FIREBOLT as a result of his arranging the first commissioning of a U.S. vessel in the port of Alexandria.  The Red Cross cited him for “Exceptional Volunteer Service” as Waterfront Festival Chair. Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear commissioned him “Kentucky Colonel” for his service to the Kentucky Society of Washington.

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