Weinberg joins theater as development director

By Sandra Schwarzmann


After dedicating 30 years to a career in philanthropic fundraising for government and nonprofit organizations, Daniel Weinberg was looking forward to a retirement doting on his 4-month-old granddaughter and providing pro bono assistance to area nonprofits.

However, North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach lured him away from his plan and back into a fast-paced professional role.

“We were seeking a development director who had a successful track record in creating and implementing development initiatives, managing donor prospects, executing stewardship and fundraising events and overseeing multiple projects,” managing director Gaidi Finnie said. “With his truly impressive background and outstanding communication and leadership skills, Daniel not only met, but exceeded our requirements. When he agreed to take the reins as development director, we were ecstatic.”

Weinberg served as director of major gifts and philanthropy planning for the city of San Diego from 2001 to 2008.

He was responsible for asset acquisition for eight city departments and generated donations with a market value of $7 million.

He also provided professional advising and representation for 11 city departments, including the mayor’s and city attorney’s offices. His marketing activities included the development of a Web site for the City of San Diego Philanthropy Center, a comprehensive volunteer recruitment and fundraising tool.

Earlier in his career, Weinberg was a regional director for resource development for the Anti-Defamation League based in New York, and executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego. He also formed his own consultancy firm to advise high net-worth individuals, families and institutions in their philanthropic endeavors.

Now that he’s been on the job a few weeks, Weinberg admits he is thrilled to have come out of retirement.

“The rhythm of a full-time theater company is different from my past professional experience,” he said. “The learning curve I’m pursuing is absolutely exciting and addictive. I’m honored to be part of North Coast Rep. The audiences that this wonderful theater has entertained over the past 28 years encompass individuals and families who live throughout San Diego County — much the same as the wide and diverse nature of the theater’s repertoire.”

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents seven productions each year at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, in Solana Beach. More details are at www.NorthCoast