Embassy Theatre Welcomes Kent Castleman to Staff as Chief Philanthropy Officer
Fort Wayne, Ind. (October 5, 2021) – The Embassy Theatre welcomes Kent Castleman as its
new chief philanthropy officer, effective Monday, October 4, 2021.
“With such rich history and legacy in our area, I am honored to be a part of the leadership team
for the Embassy. I look forward to furthering the mission and building additional philanthropic
support to expand the impact in the region,” said Castleman.
Kent has spent the last 20+ years of his career in nonprofit executive management driving
visioning, strategic planning, leadership, organizational effectiveness and fund development
strategy. Most recently he was the chief development officer for Lifeline/Crosswinds. He spent
three years prior to that as the executive director of Fort Wayne Trails. For the first 16 years of
his career, he was the founder/executive director of the Cornerstone Youth Center.
He is currently the president of the NewAllen Alliance Board, appointed to the Allen County
Public Library Board of Trustees by the Allen County Commissioners, and serves on the Allen
County Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees.
Kelly Updike, president and CEO of the Embassy Theatre, said “Kent brings a wealth of
experience in fundraising, nonprofit management and supervision to this role. He has a great
love of history and knows many people in our region through his professional and personal
relationships. We are excited about Kent joining the Embassy team.”
Kent holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana University Purdue
University Fort Wayne and is currently working on his master’s degree in philanthropic studies
with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne
and 2013 graduate of the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute. Kent was
also honored as the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year (2018) by the Northeast Indiana
Association of Fundraising Professionals.