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1/6/2020 Member News


ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 6, 2020) – Debbie Sokolov is joining the team at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art as Director of Development. Sokolov will play an integral part in advancing the James Museum by participating in strategic planning, developing long-term sustainability strategies and launching those opportunities.

“We are delighted to welcome Debbie to the museum,” said Laura Hine, executive director of the James Museum. “The museum is entering an exciting period of planning for growth and long-term sustainment. Her 20 years of experience in fundraising regionally combined with her extensive background in nonprofit administration, make Debbie just the right person to round out our team.”

Sokolov’s donor-centered and team-building approach have helped small and large nonprofits raise millions of dollars.  In her most recent role, Sokolov served as Director of Development for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. During her tenure there, she led a successful $4.5 million capital campaign, secured over $2 million in endowments, and obtained several transformational gifts for innovative programs from dedicated individuals, private foundations and corporations. Sokolov is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration.

“I am inspired by the James Museum’s efforts to reach our community with exciting exhibitions and thoughtful programming,” noted Sokolov. “I’m proud that St. Petersburg is home to this beautiful establishment which houses such a breathtaking collection of western art. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, museum members, and funders and being involved in the vibrant St. Petersburg art scene.”

Sokolov will begin her new role at the James Museum on January 13.

About The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art  


The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art opened in April 2018 and transports visitors through the rich and diverse heritage of the American West. Its more than 400 works of art evoke the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. The museum engages the community through a variety of programs and educational opportunities that bring our history and culture to life. Planned programming includes special exhibitions in a variety of genres, artist talks and demonstrations, art classes, docent tours and children’s activities. Through exhibitions and education programs, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art emphasizes the core values of art that moved Tom and Mary James: action, fortitude, heritage and integrity.