Stephen Crosby's Curriculum Vitae
Stephen Crosby
  Sagewood #4110
4555 East Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Tel: 239-330-5088


A leadership career in the arts as well as in financial-services international risk management. Repeated successes in the arts, including enhancing and growing national, regional and local arts and cultural organizations engaged in music, art, theater, dance, opera, literature, religion and horticulture. Activities have spanned organizational start-up, operations, funding, consulting and board leadership.

  • Broad experience with management and artistic issues at not-for-profits, holding board and executive positions.
  • Fundraising expertise from a lifetime of philanthropy as well as working on many campaigns, including the use and management of professional fundraising counsel.
  • Sensitivity to creative individuals resulting from a background as a performing pianist, chorister, composer and producer.
  • Business strengths including strategic planning, project management, budgeting, risk management, marketing, operations, systems and finance on a global basis.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.


Not-for-Profit Board and Leadership Experience

Scottsdale Cultural Council and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ

Premier presenting organization in Scottsdale and the Valley, including performing arts center, contemporary art museum, outdoor public art installations, international film and other festivals.
Board Member
Strategic Planning Committee

  • Created comprehensive business and cultural activities plan for the Cultural Council and its five constituent parts, the first such plan since 2007

National Society of Arts and Letters, Phoenix AZ

Dynamic Arizona chapter in multi-chapter national organization assisting aspiring young creative people in music, musical theater, visual arts, drama, dance and literature.
Board Member
Development Chair

  • Assisted in planning 2016 National Annual Meeting to be hosted in Phoenix, May 2016
  • Led development of the first website for the chapter - NSAL AZ

American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY.

Premier cross-cultural organization among US, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland engaged in publishing, cultural exchange and grants in the educational, performing and visual arts fields.
Executive Trustee
Finance and Investment Committee
Strategic Development Initiative Committee
Steering Committee for “Scandinavia Today”

  • Prepared blueprint for expanded programs and new facilities.
  • Played instrumental role in “Scandinavia Today,” a multi-faceted celebration of Nordic culture and arts in five US cities, with local collaborative events, touring exhibitions and performances from Scandinavia, including $8 million in fundraising from governments, corporate entities and individuals.

National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington, DC (national office)

Nationwide, 29-chapter organization providing national competitions and local support for emerging young talent in drama, literature, dance, music and art.
Music Chair, Pennsylvania Chapter

  • Led strategic planning sessions and implemented program and membership development, scholarship expansion, marketing materials and financial reporting improvements.
  • Introduced planning methodology and materials for chapters nationwide.
  • Presented to national convention on strategic issues and organization’s future.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA.

One of the country's leading horticultural institutions, housed in an historic "glass house."
Board Member
Audit Committee
Development Committee

  • Played key role in planning and implementing $35 million fundraising campaign for major capital and program enhancements, successfully completed in 2006.

Chautauqua Dance Circle, Chautauqua, NY.

Scholarship provider and community outreach presenter.
Founding Director and Treasurer

  • Initiated lecture series, adult and youth community outreach and public relations program.
  • Created funding and membership base where none existed, achieving over $60,000 in scholarships for dancers.

National Society of Arts and Letters, Chautauqua, NY.

Launched new regional chapter for New York State that will establish new membership and funding sources to create programs and support young people in the fields of music, musical theater, dance, drama, art and literary arts in coordination with schools and existing organizations.
Founding First Vice President

Performing Arts Experience

  • Solo and orchestral / piano concerti performances in Paris, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Naples, Chautauqua.
  • Choral memberships and performances with professional and semi-professional choirs and major choruses, including the Juilliard Chorus, Mendelssohn Choir and Robert Page Festival Singers. Performances with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic in the White Nights Festival.
  • Choral and instrumental compositions premiered or performed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and London.


  • A new dance version of deBrunhoff / Poulenc’s "Babar, the Little Elephant," with music, narration and original choreography as a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater and National Society of Arts and Letters.
  • An adaptation for six actors of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s epic poem "Enoch Arden," with music of Richard Strauss.
  • A series of special worship services incorporating drama, dance and music for churches in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • A multi-state, two-day workshop on sacred and liturgical dance for professionals, clergy and untrained dancers, culminating in a concert with internationally acclaimed Carla de Sola.
  • A 12-minute video celebrating 25th anniversary of teaching and leadership of world-famous dancer / choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, focusing on his commitment to educating children and youth.

Business Experience

Deutsche Asset Management, London.
Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer

  • Responsibilities included fiduciary, credit, market and operational risk management in Euro 650 billion worldwide retail and institutional investment management business. Led direct staff of 75 and 22 indirect personnel, covering 22 countries.
  • Products comprised full range of traditional equity and fixed income securities as well as hedge, real estate and structured funds and separate accounts.
  • Major initiatives: upgraded staff; established risk management support in new markets; structured / enhanced risk management programs; launched global, integrated state-of-the-art investment guideline monitoring system; developed systems and procedures for global counterparty exposure limits; monitored global investment position reporting.

Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA.

Senior Vice President and Deputy Department Head, Global Securities Lending
Managed client services, marketing, finance, systems design / development / administration, database management, operations, legal and documentation, management information systems, securities research, risk management and compliance. Oversaw staff of 113. Member of Credit, Asset / Liability Strategy and Investment Strategy Review committees.

  • Significantly increased revenue and profitability, with over $60 billion highpoint for securities loans outstanding, against which over $53 billion in collateral under investment management.
  • Led successful vendor search for conversions to new lending and investment systems.
  • Initiated and managed strategic review of the business, working in conjunction with outside consultant.
  • Implemented major reporting enhancements for clients as well as substantial operations reengineering and systems downsizing.

Additional information on business career available on request.

Teaching / Lecturing / Consulting

U.S. Navy, Bank Administration Institute, Mellon Bank, Irving Trust Company, Deutsche Asset Management, National Society of Arts and Letters, Chautauqua Institution, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Awareness Foundation. Subjects included music, dance, religion and various business disciplines



Bachelor and Master of Science degrees, Juilliard School, New York, NY.
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.
Conservatoire Nationale, Paris.
Aspen Festival, Aspen, CO.


MBA, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, NY.
Concentration: Finance and International Business.
The Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Oxford University (Christ Church), Oxford, England.


Trustee and Finance Committee,
Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale AZ
Board Member and Development Committee Chair National Society of Arts & Letters
Greater Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, AZ
Cabinet and Fundraising Board
New York International Ballet Competition, New York, NY
Director, Deputy President and Treasurer
Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY
Ruling Elder and Chair. Worship and Music Committee
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Ruling Elder and Chair, Worship Advisory Committee
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, PA
Director: Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh, PA
Director: Chautauqua Dance Circle, Chautauqua, NY

Advisory Boards

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale AZ
American Ibsen Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Circle-in-the-Square Theater, New York, NY
Trinity Institute for Christianity and Culture, London

Memberships (partial list)

Bestor Society, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
National Trust, London
Royal Academy, London
United Arts Council of Collier County, Naples, Florida
National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington, DC
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Chautauqua Opera Guild, Chautauqua, NY
VACI (Chautauqua Visual Arts), Chautauqua, NY
World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh, PA
Naples Council of World Affairs, Naples, FL
British-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY
World Affairs Council, Naples, FL
Naples Philharmonic Chorale, Naples, FL


Married, one child, excellent health
Interests: performing and visual arts, musical composition, architecture, reading, travel, fitness, sailing