KCET Appoints New Development Directors From Leading Southern California Organizations



LOS ANGELES - Jan. 4, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, today announced that two executive directors have joined the Development team.  Laura M. Gillette was named Executive Director, Major Gifts & Strategic Partnerships, and Palencia J. Turner was appointed Executive Director, Principal Gifts. Both Gillette and Turner will report to Susan Reardon, KCET's chief development officer.


With more than 14 years' experience in both corporate and major-gift development, Laura Gillette has helped cultivate support for some of Los Angeles' leading institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


Prior to joining KCET, Gillette spent two years working as a business development and marketing consultant to both non- and for-profit businesses, most notably leading business planning and launch strategies for a large-scale renewable energy start-up. Prior to that, she spent three years at UCLA as Director of Development for two of the school's new interdisciplinary initiatives, the Institute of the Environment and the Center for Society and Genetics. While there, Gillette implemented key marketing and external relations structures, established boards of advisors for both units and significantly increased individual giving including securing several leadership gifts.


Before joining UCLA, Gillette was the Director of Corporate Relations and Marketing for Library Foundation of Los Angeles where she led development campaigns that represented up to one-third of the Foundation's annual fundraising revenue. She also oversaw its annual awards gala and the Central Library Exhibitions program. In addition, Gillette led sponsorship and fundraising efforts for Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, both based in Denver, Colo. Gillette holds a Masters in Arts Management from American University.


Palencia Turner joins KCET with a 14-year track record of success in education, donor relations, marketing and public & community relations, bringing a diverse background and extensive knowledge of the complex dynamics of non-profits.


Most recently, Turner was Senior Development Officer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. where she led the major gifts group.  During her tenure there, Turner worked closely with the Executive Team, Provost and academic leadership to prioritize and facilitate fundraising initiatives. Among her many accomplishments, Turner worked closely with the President to develop Art Center's "80 for 80" initiative which exceeded the gift goal by $900,000. In addition, she was one of 14 people selected in the country to participate in CASE's 2010 Minority Advancement Institute in Washington, D.C.   Previously, Turner was with Urban Education Partnership in Los Angeles as Director of Community & Fund Development where she created giving initiatives for existing & prospective individual and corporate donors, foundations and the Board of Directors.


Prior to the Urban Education Partnership, Turner spent several years working in a communications and government affairs leadership capacity throughout Southern California, including the Office of Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn. She has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Howard University.



About KCET 


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 47-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


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