Throughout her professional career, Anita Lauricella has been committed to applying strategic thinking and financial and operational analysis to serve the needs of community nonprofit organizations. Since 2001 she has headed her own consulting firm, which provides financial management, program development, coalition-building and strategic networking consulting to organizations involved in the arts, community service, and education. She brings to this work a strong skill set and years of experiences as a non-profit manager, funder, volunteer, board leader and community partner.
In addition to her consulting activities, Anita has served since 2002 as president of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition, where she has built a reputation for effectively bringing together disparate constituencies – artists, arts organizations, real estate interests, funders, and public sector officials – in an effort to preserve this vital arts community in Boston. She has been instrumental in the development of a one quarter million square foot mixed-use space in the Fort Point neighborhood, and in the establishment of a cultural community development corporation for the ongoing advancement of an arts district and the preservation of an artists’ neighborhood.
Previously Anita served as the director of business development and planning for the New England Foundation for the Arts, responsible for day-to-day operations of this $5.5 million foundation. Anita also has over ten years of experience in the public sector, developing policy initiatives for state and local governments on financial management and fiscal policy. For the City of Boston she managed the Administration and Finance Transition Team for Mayor Thomas M. Menino and spearheaded a city-wide team that planned and implemented the budget and financing strategy for an inpatient facility at the BU Medical Center. For the City of Cambridge, she conducted operations and grants management reviews for the Department of Human Services. Anita also conducted municipal training in Yerevan, Armenia, for USAID.
She has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Fort Point Channel (current), chairing the board of Women Express/Teen Voices, and serving on the boards of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. As a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences, Anita often addresses non-profit management, artist housing and cultural economic development strategies. She has most recently served as a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund and the John and Abigail Adams Fund, and for the City of Boston’s Local Cultural Council. She is a site advisor to the MCC’s Cultural District Program..Anita has taught Financial Management for Performing Arts Organizations at Emerson College and been a quest speaker at Simmons College.
Anita Lauricella holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recently Anita completed Innovative Strategies for Accessing Capital at MIT Center for Real Estate.