USC Architecture Welcomes Kirsten Peterson Johansen as Assistant Dean for Advancement

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USC Architecture Welcomes Kirsten Peterson Johansen as Assistant Dean for Advancement

February 20, 2018

USC Architecture announced that Kirsten Peterson Johansen has joined the school as Assistant Dean for Advancement, effective today. In this role, Johansen will be responsible for major gifts fundraising as part of USC’s comprehensive capital campaign and will create and oversee a strategic advancement program for the School. Johansen will work closely with Dean Milton S. F. Curry to develop compelling new fundraising initiatives, ensuring future financial success for the School of Architecture.


“We’re very excited to welcome Kirsten to the USC Architecture team,” said Dean Curry. “Her fundraising track record and experience working with notable cultural institutions and nonprofits are great assets for the school. We look forward to her leadership, collaborative nature and development expertise as the School of Architecture enters a new phase of major gift philanthropy.”


Johansen brings more than 20 years of experience to this new role at USC Architecture. She most recently served as the deputy director of advancement for the Phoenix Art Museum, where she strategically led a 30-person development and visitor services division. Prior to that, she worked at the National Park Foundation as the senior vice president of individual and foundation giving and oversaw the organization’s successful centennial fundraising campaign. Johansen spent nearly 10 years at the Smithsonian Institution as the director of leadership gifts. Additional fundraising experience includes appointments at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and CARE. She has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and an M.P.A. from USC.


“I am honored to be joining the USC School of Architecture at this dynamic moment in its long, distinguished history, returning to my beloved alma mater and the great city of Los Angeles,” said Johansen. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to join a dedicated, talented team, a generous board of councilors, a major donor community and a large university family. I am very excited to be advancing the Dean’s strategic vision in The Campaign for the University of Southern California and beyond, positioning architecture as an expression of our civic identity, the visual arts, cultural diversity and social urbanism.”