Director of Philanthropy
The Wild Center
Committee(s): Advocacy; Membership/Fundraising
Hillarie Logan-Dechene’s career has been about building the capacity of non-for-profit organizations. As The Wild Center’s Deputy Director she is responsible for much of the daily operation of the museum as well as membership, development, and overseeing the programs, marketing and customer service teams. After studying at The American University in Paris and earning her BA from the State University of New York at Albany, she worked in private sector marketing and public relations and then joined the Development Department at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake where she worked for more than sixteen years. She progressed from Development Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement. Upon leaving the Adirondack Museum in 2006, Logan-Dechene became the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith’s College, a private college in the Adirondacks. Logan-Dechene left the college in 2010 to take on the role of Director of Philanthropy at The Wild Center and led the Center through a successful $23 million fundraising campaign. In January 2018, she was named Deputy Director.
Logan-Dechene is also an adjunct professor in the Arts Administration Program at Skidmore College, and has been an invited guest lecturer at Syracuse University, SUNY Adirondack and NYU.
Logan-Dechene is Chair of Governor Cuomo’s New York State Commission on National and Community Service, which administers the AmeriCorps program in New York State and is an active board member the Museum Association of New York, and past board member of Adirondack Health Foundation. She has a Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Community Sustainability from Skidmore College.