Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education Welcomes New Development Director

News • Press Releases, Urban Gateways News

Chicago — Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Sherre Jennings Cullen, Director of Development.

As the Development Director, Sherre will strategize and manage all fundraising activities, expectations, and anticipated outcomes.

Sherre Jennings Cullen joins Urban Gateways with an extensive background in development. For nearly two decades she has been fundraising in Chicago; the past thirteen years include oversight of the development efforts at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Writers’ Theatre. Prior to her tenure there, Sherre was employed by the Music Institute of Chicago where she was responsible for the successful capital campaign to purchase and renovate its new education and performance space in downtown Evanston.

Sherre and her husband live in Evanston with the youngest of their three sons.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a high-performing professional as we enter an exciting phase of the organization and prepare for our 50th Anniversary,” stated Julie F. Simpson, Urban Gateways Executive Director. “As our organization continues to grow and meet the ever-changing needs of young people, we remain committed to building deeper relationships with our school and community partners, and measuring the invaluable contributions the arts to children’s ability to learn and succeed. I am confident Sherre will help us continue to be successful in this arena.”