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Publication Date: Friday, November 04, 2005

CSMA's Angela McConnell stepping down CSMA's Angela McConnell stepping down (November 04, 2005)

By Molly Tanenbaum

The board of directors of the Community School of Music and Arts announced Tuesday that Executive Director Angela McConnell will be leaving her position to spend more time with her family.

Since taking her post as executive director in 2001, McConnell helped CSMA make big strides, including a $12 million capital campaign resulting in the opening of Finn Center in 2004, the school's first permanent home since its inception in 1968.

During McConnell's tenure, CSMA achieved wide recognition as the largest nonprofit provider of arts education programs in Silicon Valley. The school's annual budget doubled from $2 million to $4 million, and the school began to serve thousands more students of all ages.

Just last week, she was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Silicon Valley.

"It is not an overstatement to say that Angela McConnell transformed CSMA into an agency with a major regional presence," said Mike Couch, CSMA board chairperson. "Her talents are many, but her ability to generate passion and galvanize support for the critical need for arts education is the reason why the school today has a permanent home at Finn Center."

McConnell has decided to shift the balance in her life between work and family to stay at home full time with her three children. However, she has committed to stay in her position until her replacement is found.

"It has been my privilege to work with a superb board, generous donors and community leaders, and an outstanding and dedicated staff," McConnell said. "The opportunity to work with CSMA's international faculty has been truly inspirational."

McConnell has been involved with CSMA since 1992 and served as a board member before becoming executive director in 2001. She plans to continue her involvement in the organization through vocal studies and having her children take classes at CSMA.

Her achievements also were recognized by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce with a 2005 Athena Award as Outstanding Woman of the Year.

McConnell will be honored at CSMA's 2006 spring gala, an annual benefit for its arts education programs, planned for March of next year at the Computer History Museum.

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