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Two Dried Leaves

Sara Nealy co-hosted the Zheng Cao Merola Benefit to award scholarships to a Merola artists. Co-hosts are Nicolle Foland and Nick Liang. Special hosts have included Frederica von Stade, Merola Past-President Jayne Davis, and composer Jake Heggie.

...Michael Morgan, former artistic director and music director for Festival Opera, credited Nealy not only with overseeing a needed financial streamlining, but with presiding over an increasingly ambitious program of productions.

Sam Richards
Bay Area News Group

An out of the box strategic thinker, committed to raising the relevance and impact of the arts in the community.

An experienced executive, arts administrator, producer, and corporate communications professional who has lived and worked in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Hawaii, Washington, and Boston, Sara Nealy is a creative and collaborative leader with excellent cross-functional management skills. She specializes in projects that create access, raise awareness, and reach people through singular concepts and distinctive communications:

* Executive non profit organizational leader

* New works strategic coordinator, vision and team management
* Spokesperson, networker, and advocate for the arts

* Development planning, fundraising, and grant writing

* Branding, advertising and PR campaign strategy and design

* Multimedia production

* Team management

* Events design and production

Years of experience working within and as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, nonprofits and small business start-ups have resulted in instinct and insight. Sara Nealy understands the dynamics of inspiring people, managing resources, and fulfilling the visions of diverse creative and business enterprises. Sara served as a Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission, and as General Director of Festival Opera, a vibrant regional opera company in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Musical America

MA 30: Profiles in Courage: Sara Nealy

by Georgia Rowe


Sara Nealy, General Director, Festival Opera

When Sara Nealy became General Director of Festival Opera in 2011, she faced a decidedly uphill battle...

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