Sue Dixon

Sue Dixon | General Director

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Sue Dixon joined Portland Opera in May 2014 as director of development and was named director of external affairs in 2017, interim general director in July of 2019, and formally became the company’s sixth general director in October of 2019. As Portland Opera’s director of development, Dixon stewarded major gifts and increased contributed revenue, helping the company achieve balance during a downtrend of earned revenue. She raised the profile of the company through its 50th Anniversary celebration, and two major fundraising events, both achieving their $1M goal for contributed revenue. As Portland Opera’s director of external affairs, she led the company through an innovative reorganization to integrate marketing, development, communications, and patron services functions—with a robust plan for growth, advocacy, and audience engagement.