January 14, 2016 – Executive search firm Ballinger|Leafblad has placed Eyenga Bokamba as the new executive director for Intermedia Arts. Ms. Bokamba will provide leadership to advance the organization’s mission to be a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art and will serve as chief development and fundraising officer.
She comes to Intermedia from Sprockets, St. Paul’s nationally recognized out-of-school-time network, where she has served as executive director for the past two years. Ms. Bokamba is a 2006 recipient of a Bush Leadership Fellowship and is a practicing visual artist. Previous to her position at Sprockets, she was the youth programs manager at Pillsbury House, an arts-integrated social service agency.
“Eyenga represents a rare combination of artistic excellence and administrative leadership,” said Intermedia Arts Board Chair Andrea Jenkins. “With extensive experience educating young people, incredible artistic talent, and demonstrated community leadership, she is poised to elevate Intermedia to new heights.”
Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Ballinger|Leafblad specializes in providing executive search services to non-profit organizations. The firm recently recruited Jill Evenocheck as CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities — Upper Midwest (RMHC) and headed a search for members of the board of trustees at Blandin Foundation.
As the economy continues to strengthen, hiring in the non-profit sector has been gaining momentum. In the past decade employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. The non-profit sector has also become a hot area for corporate executives looking to switch careers. A recent article, ‘Profiting From Nonprofits,’ in United Airlines Hemisphere’s Magazine, said business managers and executives are turning to the non-profit world for employment in record numbers.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media