meet the development staff

Cynthia Perry Colebrook
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Cynthia Colebrook has been serving not-for-profit 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.


Polly Springhorn
Manager of Institutional Giving

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Polly Springhorn is responsible for foundation, corporate, and government grants, corporate sponsorships, and endowed funds stewardship at SFAI.  She is an accomplished arts grantwriter who came to the Art Institute from the San Francisco Girls Chorus, where she served as Director of Development for Institutional Giving.  She previously held development positions at the Women’s Funding Network and the Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School.  As a volunteer, Polly has served as a member of the Board of Outsound Presents (, as a  contributing editor for the Sequenza21 contemporary music blog (, and as a review panelist for the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.  She has a master’s degree in music from UC Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University.


Marci Scott
Development Associate

Marci Scott is responsible for assisting the Development Office with donor relations and stewardship, special events, donor acknowledgements, and the annual fund. She comes to the San Francisco Art Institute from a comparable position at an independent school. Marci graduated wtih a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Union College in Lincoln, NE.  She has widespread life experience: she was born in Africa, raised in Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Illinois, and worked for two years in Seoul, Korea.