Joseph H. Kluger, a Principal of WolfBrown, has over 30 years of experience as an arts and culture executive and consultant in strategic planning, organizational collaboration, facilities development, governance, executive coaching, executive compensation benchmarking, and succession planning. His clients are nonprofit museums, theaters, opera companies, symphony orchestras, performing arts centers, and arts education institutions.
His recent consulting approach is to facilitate collaborative planning processes that help board, staff, and artistic leaders address the challenges resulting from the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic by reaching alignment on strategies to achieve ambitious, but realistically achievable organizational objectives. The resulting plans must further a public service mission and be sufficiently compelling to garner financial support. There must also be adequate organizational capacity to implement the plans. As well, with many years of likely post-pandemic uncertainty, the plans must be based on dynamic strategies that are adaptable to environmental changes and short-term metrics.
Joe is also an internationally recognized expert in the use of technology to accomplish strategic objectives in the arts. He provides advice in this area to organizations such as the League of American Orchestras and OPERA America and their members.
Prior to his consulting career, Joe held leadership positions in the symphony field, including President of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, where he helped develop the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and raised over $130 million for the endowment. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as General Manager after serving on the staff of the New York Philharmonic in a variety of positions, culminating in the position of Orchestra Manager.
Joe has held voluntary leadership positions as Chair of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council and President of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Joe has also served as a Theatre Ambassador of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. He sat on the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the Boards of National Philanthropic Trust, the Marian Anderson Award, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia, Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, and Pennsylvania Governor Rendell’s Arts and Culture Transition Team.
Joe holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from NYU and a B.A. in Music from Trinity College in Hartford. He has participated in the Senior Executive Leadership Program of NTL Institute, the Wharton Fellows Master Class on Merger, Acquisition & Renewal, and the Executive Coaching Workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As an executive coach in the arts, he is qualified to administer Level B psychological assessment instruments.
Joe has served as a guest lecturer on leadership and arts administration at the graduate and undergraduate level at Curtis, Wharton, Penn, NYU, and Drexel. He has studied piano and voice, the latter including a summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and has been both a director and performer in numerous amateur musical theater productions.
Joe can be reached directly via email.