Abby Southwell, by Jeffrey Filiaut/NEFA

(Boston, MA – March 14, 2017) The New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Abby Southwell has joined the organization as Salesforce and IT Administrator.

Prior to joining NEFA, Abby served as a graduate academic technologist at Harvard Business School, collaborating with faculty and technical staff, and designing tools for in-class learning. As an independent consultant, Abby has migrated data and customized Salesforce databases for both nonprofits and higher education. “Abby’s deep and diverse knowledge of the technical operations of the nonprofit sector make her a great asset to NEFA,” said deputy director Jane Preston. “We are thrilled to welcome her.”

Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Business Administration in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. Abby resides in Brighton, MA.

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at


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