James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art names first director of development

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in downtown St. Petersburg has added Debbie Sokolov as its first director of development, effective Jan. 13.

In her role, Sokolov will participate in the strategic planning and development of long-term sustainability strategies and launch those opportunities for the museum.

“The museum is entering an exciting period of planning for growth and long-term sustainment,” Laura Hine, executive director of the James Museum said in a statement. “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.”

Before joining The James Museum, Sokolov served as director of development for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, where she led a $4.5 million capital campaign and secured over $2 million in endowments.

The James Museum, named after founder and Raymond James Chairman Emeritus Tom James, opened in St. Petersburg in 2018. It includes over 3,000 pieces.


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