Released March 7, 2023

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites hires new chief development officer

Portrait of Tanya Hand

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired Tanya Hand as its new chief development officer.

Hand, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, will serve on the ISMHS leadership team in addition to her responsibilities as CDO. She will oversee all fundraising efforts, lead the development strategy for the 12 ISMHS locations, grow the museum system’s philanthropic support and build the ISMHS Development team.

“We are delighted to have Tanya join the ISMHS team,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “She is a dynamic and thoughtful fundraiser. We are sure that she will have a significant impact on the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system.”

Before joining ISMHS, Hand spent eight years at the United Way of Central Indiana in a variety of roles, most recently as vice president of major and transformational giving. She served as the Indiana state director for the March of Dimes for four years prior to joining United Way.

Hand earned her B.A. from the University of Alabama and graduated from The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – IUPUI. She also earned her CFRE certification in 2021. Hand also is an active volunteer, having served as national vice president of board of Jack and Jill of America Inc. and chair of the Opportunity & Inclusion Committee for the Hamilton County Community Foundation.