New Director of Cultural Development

Mayor Bianchi recommends the appointment of Jennifer Glockner as the new Director of Cultural Development. The Mayor established a search committee to conduct the initial reviews and interviews for the position. The appointment will be placed before the City Council at their June 10th meeting for confirmation.

The position, which opened up after the resignation of Megan Whilden, required a dynamic individual who had extensive experience in cultural economic development and business management: a focused specialty that is often hard to locate.

Bianchi commented, “Finding a match for the position was not an easy task.  Megan [Whilden], the past Director of Cultural Development, brought unique creativity to Pittsfield. While having a background in business and marketing was important for the new Director, it was absolutely crucial for the future success of the arts and cultural initiatives in the City, that we found a person well versed in both arts and cultural development, and who understands the important business that the arts plays in our region.”

The position also required a bachelors degree in arts, journalism, marketing or related discipline, with a graduate degree preferred. The candidate needed to have a minimum of five years of senior level experience in cultural or economic development, arts administration, marketing and journalism or government management.   A final key requirement for the position was an awareness and understanding of the arts and its progression in the community.

Mayor Bianchi also recognized the, “need for partnering with area businesses and successfully managing events.”

The search committee was comprised of four people: Mike Taylor, Personnel Technician for the City of Pittsfield, Peter Lafayette, past president and board member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., Andy Kelly, Pittsfield Cultural Development board chair and Mary Rentz, president of the Berkshire Art Association.

Mary Rentz stated, “Jen is an excellent communicator, a skilled writer with personal warmth and charisma. She works well with others, as a leader and as a member of a team.”

Glockner has a strong history in working in marketing, communications and arts and culture in the Berkshires. She has established ties to the local community. Her employment history includes working for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, a public relations director for Winstanley Associates and working for the Berkshire Eagle.  Jennifer also spends time as a volunteer and officer for various local charitable enterprises.

Jennifer Glockner will be leaving her current position as Tourism Coordinator, a position within the Cultural Development office, where she worked with the Visitors Center, RSVP, Discoverpittsfield.com, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and most importantly the Office of Cultural Development.

Bianchi said, “I was pleased when the search committee unanimously recommended Jennifer for the position.  We had strong candidates; however, her experience in working with arts and culture in the Berkshires was unmatched.”

Glockner will go in front of City Council for appointment on June 10th at 7:00 pm.