meet the development staff

Cynthia Perry Colebrook, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Cynthia Perry Colebrook
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Cynthia Colebrook has been serving nonprofit organizations for over twenty-five years as a certified fund raising executive. She specializes in building collaboration with board and staff members to develop strategies, leadership, and results for successful initiatives which support an organization’s mission. Over the course of her career, she has served museums, theaters and other cultural organizations, hospitals and social service agencies, as well as educational, religious, youth, and environmental organizations. Ms. Colebrook has prepared curricula and taught development principles and practices nationally with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Corporation for National and Community Service. At SFAI she enjoys connecting the core values of alumni, donors, and other constituents with the core values of the school. A writer and married to a full-time artist, she particularly likes working within a community of artists. She actually believes there is a ‘fun’ in fundraising.


Monique Willms, Development Associate

Monique Willms
Development Associate

Monique Willms supports the Advancement staff with administrative tasks that include recordkeeping, gift processing, database maintenance, managing the department’s student workers, and directing SFAI’s Annual Fund. She previously worked as development assistant at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in SFMOMA’s Membership and Donor Services department. Monique studied art history in England and earned her master’s in Irish modern and contemporary art at Trinity College, Dublin. She admires SFAI’s long history of championing the arts and arts education locally, as well as its continued role in the region’s art community.


Lindsey Lyons, Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events

Lindsey Lyons
Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events

Lindsey Lyons oversees the SFAI Alumni Association and Gala Vernissage—SFAI’s annual MFA exhibition preview and fundraiser for student scholarships. Lindsey’s experience includes alumni relations, event planning, and social media strategy. She earned her BFA in Art and Social Change from Mount Holyoke College, and an MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. Lindsey, herself a practicing artist, is deeply engaged in the Bay Area arts community and is devoted to working in the arts.


Meagan Ryan Stasz, Capital Campaign Coordinator

Meagan Ryan Stasz
Capital Campaign Coordinator

Meagan Ryan Stasz serves as capital campaign coordinator for Making History: The Campaign for San Francisco Art Institute, a bold campaign that will fund facility improvements at the historic Chestnut Street campus, as well as the relocation of the Graduate campus to Fort Mason. Owing to her deep-rooted belief in the power of philanthropy, Meagan has enjoyed sharing her time and talent with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including The Hunger Coalition, Napa Valley Festival Association, Next Generation Scholars, and Build Ur Impact. Meagan’s experience in nonprofit development and her 12 years in studio and fine art gallery management bolster her efforts to build a strong and successful campaign.


Will Lamb, Capital Campaign Assistant

Will Lamb
Capital Campaign Assistant

Will Lamb supports all Capital Campaign activities while focusing on reporting and tracking systems, as well as event coordination. His experience as a database administrator along with his desire to get out from behind the computer complement each other in this role. After earning his BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Will worked for SFMOMA and the Exploratorium. As a former art student and father of two, he is dedicated to the idea that art education is an essential part of society.