Krasevac-Lenz brings more than 30 years of experience in not-for-profit development, strategic planning, creative community engagement, constituent relations, agency communications and other areas to her role at RCHS according to an announcement sent to the press.
“Our search brought us many highly-qualified candidates with museum and fund-raising knowledge,” said Laudelina Martinez, president, RCHS Board of Trustees. “From this group, Karin impressed us with her excellent experience in fund development, nonprofit organizations and historic sites. Her appointment underscores our desire to see RCHS grow in strength and engagement with our region. We are excited and optimistic about the future with our new executive director.”
“With great anticipation I look forward to guiding RCHS into its vibrant future,” said Krasevac-Lenz. “The stage for its next phase of success has been well set by RCHS’s staff, strong Board and its many dedicated members and volunteers who work to preserve a treasured community asset.”
Krasevac-Lenz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. She has also taken courses in religion, history, psychology and public health education from five other educational institutions, including Harvard University.
In her most recent position, Krasevac-Lenz led a capacity building program serving 56 educational institutions in Western New York for the Catholic Alumni Partnership in Buffalo. In a prior post she directed a team to raise $5.7 million to successfully close a $12.5 million campaign for The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. She was also on the Board of Trustees of the Hull House Historic Site Foundation in Lancaster, NY.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927. Located in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the museum occupies adjacent 19th century townhouses. RCHS offers visitors and members tours, exhibitions, educational programs and access to a local history research library.