Jessica Lunken began her tenure as associate dean for external relations at the Peabody Institute in July 2016. In this role, she oversees all development, alumni, constituent engagement, communications and marketing functions for Peabody and is leading the effort to identify and cultivate new philanthropic support for the goals of the Breakthrough Plan.
Lunken comes to Peabody following 14 years at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she established a new independent development office which grew from raising $200,000 a year in 1999 to annually raising $10 to $15 million over the last five fiscal years. As director of development there, she led the establishment of 12 endowed professorships ranging from $2.5 to $3.3 million each; the creation of a faculty engagement and fundraising website portal; and the formation of a 35-person board of advisors who serve as ambassadors to the department and are actively involved with fundraising.
Prior to her work in the Department of Psychiatry, Lunken established 11 endowed funds in her four years as associate director of development for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Lunken started her development career at the American Dance Festival, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after receiving her undergraduate education at Indiana University, which was preceded by a professional classical dance career in which she toured nationally and internationally. She received her MBA with a concentration in medical services management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and School of Medicine in 2015 and is a national associate member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).