Jennifer Stoffel is COCA’s Director of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, providing leadership on key projects, programs and functions critical to COCA’s success. Stoffel comes to COCA from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis where she served as Deputy Director, working with the Board, donors, community partners, and staff to leverage the milestones achieved during that organization’s 15th Anniversary Year and maximize the visibility of the Festival’s creative, collaborative programming. Prior to joining the Festival, she served as Director of External Affairs for the Saint Louis Art Museum where she led the communications, marketing and collaborative strategies through the museum’s multiyear, $160 million campaign and expansion project. Her experience also includes strategic communications, fundraising, and community engagement for such diverse not-for-profit organizations as the Playhouse Square Foundation in Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College, Community TV Network in Chicago, and the international cultural collaborative FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange).
Stoffel serves as Adjunct Faculty at Webster University, teaching in the Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration program. She received a BS from Lewis and Clark College and a MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.