SJND Welcomes New Alumni Relations Director
Mollie McFarland, a graduate of Santa Clara University and New York University who has worked for more than a decade in arts administration in the Bay Area, is SJND's new Alumni Relations Director and will also direct the school's Annual Fund.
A member of the St. Joseph Basilica parish and an Alameda resident, McFarland said she is looking forward to bringing her development experience to SJND.
"I always loved the school environment and learning," she said. "My time at Santa Clara University was particularly formative for me, giving me the confidence and skills I needed to go out and achieve my personal best. I'm so happy to be here at SJND, working with this community to help make that transformative education experience a reality for more young people."
She graduated from Santa Clara University in 1994 with a BFA in Theater and Dance and a BA in English. In 1996, she received her MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.Following her education, McFarland worked for several performing arts organizations, and she comes to SJND from an 11-year tenure at AXIS Dance Company, an Oakland-based contemporary dance company of dancers with and without physical disabilities, where she served as development director
Prior to her career in arts administration, Mollie danced with the Second Avenue Dance Company at NYU and The Sabrina Peck Dance Ensemble.