Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera appoints Christopher Jabin to serve as director of institutional giving

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For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lyric Opera of Chicago appoints Christopher Jabin
to serve as director of institutional giving, a new position

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that Christopher Jabin has been appointed director of institutional giving. This is a new position, reporting to Mary L. Selander, director of development. He begins September 7.

Jabin will focus his efforts on securing new revenues from a multitude of nationally based funding sources. Lyric’s goal is to augment funding for special projects such as the Renée Fleming Initiative, and expanded education and community engagement programs – a priority for Lyric’s incoming general director, Anthony Freud.

Jabin is currently executive vice president, development of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, where he has worked since 2001. Previously he served as director of development for the Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Jabin began his career at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the late 1980s as an assistant director of development.

Jabin joined the Shedd staff in 2001 during the middle of the Next Wave campaign. Over the years, he and the development team consistently raised essential funds that supported numerous Shedd programs, along with funding the organization’s operations, endowment, and capital efforts. In his years at Shedd Aquarium, Jabin led efforts that raised more than $140 million through membership, foundation and government grants, corporate contributions, sponsorships, individual giving, planned gifts, and special events.

“We are very pleased to welcome Chris Jabin back to Lyric in this important capacity. His experience and knowledge in the development field will be key as we raise additional funds to implement new initiatives and programs,” said Selander.