Emily Toney

As Director of Development, Emily brings 15 years of development, fundraising, special events management, public relations, marketing and sales experience to the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In collaboration with other departments, Emily is responsible for achieving fundraising goals and engaging sponsors in ongoing activities. A new position in the organization, Emily has the opportunity to build the development function and guide the development growth of the Arts Council at an exciting time in the organization’s history.

Prior to joining GCAC in May of 2015, Emily worked for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio as special events manager. As the manager of Art for Life, the longest running charity art auction in Columbus, she engaged with all aspects of the arts community; building relationships with arts leaders, collectors, gallery owners, artists and key corporate partners. In addition to Art for Life, she executed the annual AIDS Walk Central Ohio and RED Columbus. All three events required strong leadership and ties to the community for their success. She prides herself on keeping events at a low-cost ratio with a high return on investment by negotiating strategically with vendors and partners.

Emily has extensive experience planning events and managing non-profits. She was the associate director for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Ohio office and also served as Events Manager at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

A lifelong Columbusite and Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), Emily is invested in the growth of the creative community and is part of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2016. She has her Bachelor of Arts in art therapy and public relations from Capital University. Connecting with people and building relationships gets her out of bed in the morning. She lives in Clintonville with her daughter, Greta, and her husband Colin Lazarski – who is a professional jazz guitarist.

Email: etoney@gcac.org