The Foundation and its grantee benefited from Gail’s expertise in connection with a museum capital campaign. She provided insight as well as practical recommendations to both the Foundation and the grantee – particularly related to board governance, financial management, and fundraising strategy. Gail clearly knows best practice in the field and she skillfully navigated relationships within the grantee organization and among other stakeholders. Gail’s engagement led to a rethinking of the project and team leadership and we are all grateful for her wisdom.
Barbara D. Kibbe
Director, Organizational Effectiveness, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
When Gail Anderson speaks, people listen! She has great skill in firmly but gently guiding participants in planning and problem solving to reach creative solutions together. Her skill is born of more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of the Museum profession as educator, administrator, academic, researcher, Board Member, author, speaker and consultant. I have worked with Gail on Strategic Planning and an Executive Search for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and on Strategic Planning and Board Retreats with the San Diego Natural History Museum. Partnering with Gail has always produced great results.
Michael W. Hager, Ph.D.
Former President and CEO, San Diego Natural History Museum
Gail Anderson’s commitment to and care for an organization makes her processes successful. She doesn’t just build a plan, she builds relationships.
Director and CEO, Anchorage Museum
We had the distinct pleasure of working with Gail on the creation of a new strategic plan for the di Rosa art museum and preserve in Napa, CA. Beginning with a dynamic, all-day retreat, Gail did a fantastic job guiding us through the process and at the end delivered a comprehensive and thoroughly detailed plan that we are now putting to use as we guide the organization through its next stage of evolution.
Gail has incredible experience to help leaders lead and organizations foster productive, relevant and engaging organizations. She has been instrumental in providing structure and guidance as we crafted and launched a multi-year collecting plan for the High Desert Museum. She skillfully guided a committee of experts and the end result has been a thorough, structured and mission-based plan that will help grow the Museum’s collection thoughtfully into the future. Gail also led the Board of Trustees, community leaders, staff and volunteers through a dynamic and exciting strategic planning process.
Executive Director, High Desert Museum
In 2013, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon, Eugene, engaged Gail Anderson & Associates to help us create a Latino Engagement Plan, with funding from a grant we had received from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Over nearly a year, Gail guided us through the process, which involved extensive research; town hall, staff, and volunteer meetings; interviews with constituents on- and off-campus; and focus groups. Her experience, strategic thinking, encouragement, and sensitivity are hallmarks of her practice, and the plan she created still guides our efforts today!
Gail Anderson brought extraordinary knowledge, experience, common sense, diplomacy, and commitment to her work. I offer my highest praise for her consulting services on a diverse array of institutional planning and stakeholder relationship issues.
Executive Director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
As Crafton Hills College President, we sought Gail’s impressive understanding and rapport with boards to assist the CHC Foundation. GA&A conducted a thorough analysis of other CA community college foundations, highlighted where our Foundation fit and outlined the decisions the Board needed to make to move the organization forward. Gail has taught me that a successful Board is a combination of good structure and strong leadership.
President, Crafton Hills College
We are deeply indebted to GA&A for their outstanding work. Gail kept us focused, guided our discussions with wisdom, encouraged us to think outside the box and be visionary but realistic. Thank you Gail! We could have not done this without you.
Past Board President, San Bernardino Symphony
In addition to her extensive and insightful knowledge of museums, Gail brings a wonderful mix of professionalism, integrity and energy to her teaching that motivates participants and fully engages them in the learning process. It is always a pleasure to work with Gail as we know that whatever she tackles will be done with grace and expertise.
Former Program Director, Cultural Resource Management Program
University of Victoria
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