Jacob SmithDevelopment and Communications Director
Jacob Smith has served Marlboro since 2007. He is involved in all aspects of our fundraising, including oversight of our Planned Giving program, and in communicating the special nature of Marlboro to our friends, audiences, patrons and colleagues in the field. Jacob created Marlboro’s multi-faceted website, revised our program book and other materials, and played a key role in our 65th Anniversary Campaign. He works closely with the Board and our Communications and Outreach Committee.
In addition to his role at Marlboro, Jacob is Development and Marketing Director for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS), one of the world’s leading concert forums with an annual season of 60 performances and 45-50 education programs. He initiated a special approach to audience and community engagement that has enabled PCMS to expand attendance each year for seven consecutive seasons, and he played a key role in the successful completion of its 25th Anniversary Campaign.
Jacob has extensive experience in online marketing and communications. He was a founding partner of Dinkum Interactive, a global search engine marketing firm; he has provided advice and assistance to many prominent performing arts and funding institutions; and he has taught technology and marketing to graduate students in the Arts Administration program of Drexel University. He is an officer of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, was Chairman of the Board of PhillyCarShare, and is on the board of Patient Ride Services.
Jacob is also a professional bassoonist who has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Academy of Vocal Arts, and in orchestra readings at Marlboro. He has a Master’s degree in music from Temple University, and a B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University. A Presser Foundation Scholar, Jacob also received the Donald H. Jones Award in Entrepreneurship from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie-Mellon.
Jacob lives in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, with his wife Meghan and their two young boys, Rory and Duncan.