Kimberly D. Ely was named Development Director for Patronato San Xavier, the non-profit organization responsible for promoting the restoration, maintenance and preservation of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Landmark near Tucson, Arizona.
Ely is the former Vice President of Development for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Prior to arriving in Tucson in 2016 ,she spent 20 years in Nashville, Tennessee, where she served as Vice President of Development for the historic Cheekwood Estate & Gardens and raised funds for the Frist Art Museum. Ely is passionate about art, architecture and historic preservation and calls this new position her dream job.
Ely’s professional experience includes 15 years of nonprofit fundraising, as well as financial services marketing in Latin America and Europe. She received her International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her BA in Foreign Languages and Art History from Southern Methodist University.
Nonprofit Patronato San Xavier was founded by Southern Arizona community leaders in 1978 to preserve and restore Mission San Xavier. Patronato continues to raise critical funds for the restoration, maintenance and preservation of Mission San Xavier.
The Mission remains a working parish and the spiritual home for many Southern Arizonans. Host to tens of thousands of visitors annually from around the world, in October 2015, the Mission was named to the global World Monuments Fund “Watch” list that includes 50 cultural heritage sites in 36 countries that are at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.