Our Team

James Gaddy, Executive Director

James Gaddy joined the Russell J. Efros Foundation as its inaugural Executive Director in early 2021. In this role, Gaddy is responsible for working to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision, serves as the chief fundraiser, and manages day-to-day operations of the Foundation. 

Over the course of a distinguished career in cultural and higher education sectors, Gaddy has extensive experience in leadership, fundraising, and transforming the mission of the Foundation to directly impact the lives of creative individuals. Gaddy is passionate about arts and culture and was drawn to the Foundation because of the need that exists within the creative community. 

Gaddy served as the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the museums at Stanford University, building off nearly a decade at the art school and museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). At PAFA Gaddy served as executive vice president of human resources and administration. Before joining PAFA, Gaddy held multiple roles at the Vanguard Group. 

Gaddy holds a bachelor’s degree in human performance development and a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. 

He and his partner, Matt, live in Sparta, NJ with their eight-year-old twin sons, Fox and Foster.

Contact James at jamesgaddy@rjefoundation.org

Noah Witus, Director of Artist Engagement

Contact Noah at noahwitus@rjefoundation.org