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OPB Appoints Cheryl M. Ikemiya as New Vice President & Chief Development Officer


OPB, a premier provider of news and intelligent entertainment across the Northwest region, today announced it has appointed Cheryl M. Ikemiya to vice president and chief development officer of the organization.  

Ikemiya was appointed to the role after serving as OPB’s director of Leadership Giving since 2005, leading annual donor societies, project funding and campaigns. During her tenure, the major giving program at OPB more than tripled, and its cohort of content and special initiative funders increased significantly.

“Cheryl’s skills and knowledge of OPB make her the ideal person to keep us moving forward,” said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. “During her time here, she has demonstrated her deep knowledge of fundraising and her keen eye for new opportunities. Those same skills will be invaluable as she continues ahead in her new role.”

As vice president and chief development officer, Ikemiya will lead OPB’s revenue-generating efforts including membership, major and planned giving and corporate underwriting—representing more than $24 million in community support.

“Working with such an exceptional team to advance OPB’s public service mission is the greatest privilege,” said Cheryl M. Ikemiya, new OPB vice president and chief development officer.

Prior to joining OPB, Ikemiya served in development and management roles in the culture and performing arts fields, including at a museum and two symphony orchestras in California. Ikemiya received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  

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