Grand Rapids Ballet names development director



The Grand Rapids Ballet has a new director.

The organization named Mark Warner the new development director last week. Warner was hired after a search by a committee to replace Kyle Dutkiewicz, who announced herrelocation plans in June.

Warner’s experience will help continue to elevate the company, said Glenn Del Vecchio, Grand Rapids Ballet executive director.

“Grand Rapids Ballet has gone through a significant transformation in recent years,” Del Vecchio said. “GRB has transitioned from a little known regional company to one in the national spotlight. This is a solid success story to date, and having the most experienced development professional to implore community support will allow the organization to rise to new heights.”

Warner has been the president of MDW Consulting for the past six years.

Prior to MDW, he was vice president of development at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and a consultant with the Alford Group.

Warner received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. His undergrad was in political science from Albion College, with a concentration from the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service. He’s also an emeritus board member at Strawdog Theatre Company, a fundraising coach for the Arts & Business Council and a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

He said he is excited to get started in the West Michigan community.

“Grand Rapids is a city perfectly positioned to build on past and current achievements,” Warner said. “I am overjoyed at the opportunity to engage with a community that truly values the collaborative contributions of arts and culture.”

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