Cecily Habimana currently serves as the Assistant Director of Institutional Giving for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is responsible for the corporate, government agency and foundation fundraising activities of The Clarice and the performing arts schools that partner with The Clarice during the academic year.
Previously, Cecily served as the Manager of Institutional and Major Gifts at Atlas Performing Arts Center, where she managed a comprehensive portfolio of foundation and government donors who supported annual operations and programs. Prior to that, she was an Executive Coordinator and Admissions Counselor at George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
From 2005 to 2007, Cecily served as the Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Dance Institute of Washington, where she managed their professional dance company. It was in this position that she was inspired to obtain her MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. Following her passion in dance and desire to speak French fluently, she accepted a teaching fellowship in Senegal, West Africa in 2010. Additionally over the years, Cecily has worked as a consultant for organizations such as Howard University School of Communications, Guatemalan Tourism Commission and Kankouran West African Dance Company. These projects have rounded out her understanding of the nonprofit sector and allowed her to utilize her skills in other ways.