The Academy of Music Announces New Appointments and Details about the 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball

The Academy of Music Announces New Appointments and Details about the 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball

Kate Allison elected to Board of Trustees

163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball leadership announced

“Grand Traditions, New Generations” chosen as theme


(Philadelphia, September 24, 2019)—The Academy of Music is pleased to announce the election of Kate Allison to its 16-member Board of Trustees in addition to five newly appointed chairmen for the 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball: Lisa Buckingham and Jim Brandau as co-chairmen; Nancy Rogers as corporate chairman; and Anne and Matt Hamilton as honorary co-chairmen. The 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball takes place on January 25, 2019, with the theme of “Grand Traditions, New Generations.”


“We are honored to be joined by six individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the arts in our city,” said Caroline B. “Cackie” Rogers, chairman of the Academy of Music Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees assembles philanthropists passionate about the preservation and continued restoration of the Academy of Music.”


  • Kate Allison is the founder and CEO of Karma Agency, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Philadelphia. She has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to venture enterprises providing strategic planning, leadership communications, public affairs, earned media, issues and crisis management, and community relations. Active in civic and community affairs, Allison is the Chair-designate of the Board of Managers of the Philadelphia Foundation, a member of the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, a member of the Advisory Board of Summer Search and a founding member of the Paradigm Award for Business Leadership and Excellence sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was the 2004 recipient of the Ethos Award for Character and Excellence in Communications presented by Villanova University. Allison holds a B.A. in political science Villanova University and graduate level certificates in governance.  She is married to Jack Earle and is the mother of two.


About the newly appointed chairmen:

  • Co-Chairman Lisa M. Buckingham is executive vice president and chief people, place and brand officer at Lincoln Financial Group. She has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2018, named HR Executive of the Year by Human Resources Executive Magazine in 2017, named one of the top 10 CHROs by Forbes in 2015, and Pennsylvania Woman of the Year by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council in 2012. At Lincoln Financial, Buckingham is responsible for all human resources, brand and advertising, enterprise communications, consumer insights and corporate social responsibility activities; as well as facilities, aviation and corporate strategic real estate areas. She serves on the boards of HR Policy Association, American Health Policy Institute, Peer Round Table for CHROs, Healthcare Transformation Alliance, Philadelphia Eagles Charitable Foundation and chairs the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Buckingham has been involved with the Academy of Music since 2014 and served as the first female Chair of the Corporate Committee for the 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball in 2019. Buckingham received her B.A. in liberal arts from the Georgetown University, and in addition to her philanthropic endeavors enjoys the arts, animals, and having fun. She lives with her husband and son in Gladwyne, PA.


  • Co-Chairman Jim Brandau is a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He and his colleagues advise private business owners, corporate executives, endowments, and foundations. He started his career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and then became a private wealth advisor, serving substantial private business owners and corporate executives at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. He serves as a director on the following boards: The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Academy of Music; the Pennsylvania State University Smeal School of Business Board of Visitors; the Nittany Lion Fund; the Pennsylvania State University Capital Campaign Committee; the Franklin Institute Development and Government Relations Committee; and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill Alumni Council. He received a B.S. in finance from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Micaela, and three sons, Max, Charlie, and Jack.


  • Corporate Chairman Nancy Rogers serves as president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, and senior vice president and head of corporate responsibility and sustainability for Lincoln Financial Group. In these roles, she oversees sustainability strategy and practices, corporate philanthropy, and community involvement. Before joining Lincoln Financial in 2005, Rogers helped launch the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as a member of the founding senior management team where she was vice president for institutional and external affairs. She joined the Kimmel Center after a career in banking with CoreStates Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Philadelphia, ultimately serving on the senior leadership team as chief administrative officer. She currently serves on the board of directors for The PhD Project. Past board service has included Mercy Health System, Homeless Advocacy Project, Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. She earned a B.A. in English from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and executive education designations from the Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University. Rogers and her husband, John, are residents of Wayne, Pennsylvania.


  • Honorary Co-Chairman Anne Hamilton is a recognized and highly active philanthropist and volunteer, whose contributions have profoundly benefited children, education, arts and culture, animals, and countless other worthwhile causes. A devoted mother of five, Hamilton, her husband, Matt, and their family (including four dogs) reside in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is a 1974 graduate of the Agnes Irwin School and a 1978 graduate of Boston University. She has received many honors for her tireless efforts, including the Agnes Irwin School Alumnae Award in 1999, Philadelphia magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001, the Heart of Philadelphia Award in 2002, and Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 2007 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also received the Liberty Award on 2008 from the National Liberty Museum and the Great Friend to Kids Lifetime Achievement Award from the Please Touch Museum in 2009. Mrs. Hamilton Co-Chaired the 143rd Anniversary Concert and Ball in 2000. 
  • Honorary Co-Chairman S. Matthews V. Hamilton, Jr. is a director of the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust. Having served on numerous nonprofit boards in Philadelphia, in particular the Franklin Institute, he has devoted his life to philanthropy focused on education for the five-county region’s underserved youth. He and his wife, Anne, have attended the Anniversary Concert and Ball for the last 35 years, and he co-chaired the 150th Anniversary Concert and Ball with his mother, Dorrance Hill Hamilton, along with a team of parent and children civic leaders of Philadelphia.


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