WNET Names Vanessa Wise Vice President, Development

December 13, 2017 – NEW YORK – WNET, parent company of New York’s PBS stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, has announced the appointment of Vanessa Wise to the position of Vice President, Development. In this role, Wise will oversee all fundraising activities for the institution, including membership, major gifts, foundation support and national and local underwriting.

“We are truly fortunate to have a fundraiser of Vanessa’s caliber working on behalf of WNET and the communities we serve. Vanessa has a proven record of producing results in member engagement, organizational development and fundraising in arts and cultural institutions,” said Neal Shapiro, President & CEO OF WNET. “She will play a vital role in ensuring support and advocacy for WNET as we continue to serve the community with the highest quality content and initiatives. We are pleased to welcome Vanessa to WNET’s senior team.”

Prior to joining WNET, Wise served as Vice President of Development for New York City Center. During her time at NYCC, Wise spearheaded the design and launch of several new donor groups and fundraising initiatives, as well as the organization’s first affordable ticket program for students and families. Most recently she led the strategy planning and fundraising efforts around NYCC’s 75th Anniversary.

Previously, Wise was Director of Development at The Juilliard School, where she also led annual giving and major gifts. Prior to joining The Juilliard School, Wise served as Senior Brand Manager for In Style, Time and Entertainment Weekly magazines for Time Inc.

Wise received her Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Media/Communications from Columbia Business School and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Brown University.


About WNET
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as NatureGreat PerformancesAmerican MastersPBS NewsHour Weekend and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the MathOh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTSReel 13NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.