John Jones, Esq.
John D. Jones was named Co-director and Chief Development Officer of SWAIA in July, 2015 after a nationwide search. Trained as a lawyer and marketer, Jones has held positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, the State University of New York at Purchase - and he even spent a summer working with the Santa Fe Opera. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis and his law degree from the University of Mississippi.
John relocated to Santa Fe from Birmingham, Alabama where he served as the General Director of Opera Birmingham for the past fifteen years. Under his leadership, Opera Birmingham was able to purchase its first permanent home, increased its individual giving by over 400% and successfully launched an endowment and planned giving campaign. “John’s expertise in non-profit arts management and his successful track record as a fundraiser made him an obvious candidate for the position,” said Chief Operating Officer Dallin Maybee.
A longtime visitor to Santa Fe over the past twenty years, John is thrilled to be living here permanently. “My annual visits have usually coincided with Santa Fe Indian Market which I have enjoyed attending many incredible markets.” said Jones. His first Indian Market experience was during the summer of 1987. Santa Fe Indian Market’s uniqueness in the world, the quality of the artistry, the diversity of art forms and, of course, the setting, were all factors that influenced John’s desire to work with SWAIA.
With the 2015 Market season in full swing, John assumed his duties and began the task of mapping out the organization’s short and long-term strategic financial goals. “It is never too early to begin looking to the 100 year mark,” said Jones. “SWAIA’s nearly 100-year history is a milestone of permanence and we need to ensure the organization’s strength for the next generation of artists.”