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John Bourdeaux

President & CEO

Department: Staff

John Bourdeaux is an experienced leader with a track record of success in marketing and development, strategic planning, professional fundraising, and market research. Prior to joining AdvanceCT, he served as the Vice President of Advancement for the Connecticut Science Center, an organization dedicated to scientific exploration, teacher development, and educational transformation. At AdvanceCT, John’s focus is on operations, member development, and strategic initiatives. John brings valuable non-profit stakeholder engagement experience to AdvanceCT. 

Prior to his work at the Connecticut Science Center, John served as the Director of Development for Hartford Stage and worked for the Melville Charitable Trust and the Partnership for Strong Communities, organizations focused on homelessness and affordable housing policy. 

He has served in the development offices of the University of Chicago, The Hotchkiss School, and Yale University. In each of these positions, he was responsible for securing tens of millions in philanthropic support while promoting the mission of each organization, bringing many new supporters and advocates into the fold. 

Early in his career, John founded and managed his own not-for-profit theater company in Chicago, IL, producing modern American drama and late-night improvisational comedy. He has also served as a consultant and board member for academic institutions as well as social action and arts organizations. John is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School and the University of Chicago.