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Jean Oelrich
Director of Marketing & Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony announces Gregory P. Cox as its new Vice President of Development

May 23, 2013

Gregory Pierre Cox has been named the new vice president of development for Pacific Symphony. For well over a decade, Cox has garnered a reputation for providing leadership that equates and encourages an environment where staff and volunteers thrive and produce high-end results. As a leader for various nonprofit and educational organizations, Cox has skillfully managed advancement programs and has built and restructured development programs that promote diverse communities—all of which have resulted in increased fund-raising results, more donors and a higher donor retention rate. Most recently, Cox has served as vice president for advancement for Southern California Radio (KPCC, KUOR and KVLA), where he made unprecedented accomplishments including the increase of overall fund-raising results in each of the past two years and growing membership by 23 percent over the previous year.

In 2011, Cox was recruited by Claremont Graduate University and named vice president for advancement. Here, he was responsible for directing all advancement operations for the University and its nine independent schools. Cox also expanded public relations efforts within University Communications, garnering enhanced publicity in national print publications and new media outlets.

In 2002, Cox served as the director of development for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. His skills as a successful fund-raiser helped to put the orchestra, which had been running in the red for many years, in a strong financial position with a significant surplus. The achievements he accomplished with the orchestra earned him two senior fund-raising positions at California State University, Long Beach. The first position was as the senior director of development for the College of the Arts where he surpassed the annual institutional goal by $10 million. The second was a newly created position as executive director for major gifts and regional development.

Cox’s interest in advancing musical organizations led him to his role as the executive director of the Monadnock Music Festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he rejuvenated and directed the 40-year-old festival. As an individual devoted to work in the non-profit sector and the arts, Cox’s track record began as an executive director for Orchestra X in Houston in 1999. In addition to his professional experience, Cox has strong fund-raising credentials. A Certified Fundraising

Executive (CFRE) since 2007, he is currently completing a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) course at the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and a member of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.