A proven leader and innovator, Brett’s leadership skills were tested as far back as high school and college, where he served as president for several extra-curricular groups and organizations. While Brett’s early career focused on the performing arts, he remained strongly rooted in business matters. Growing up in two family businesses, Brett was raised with a focus on fiscal responsibility and customer service. In his early years, he applied these skills to the family business he ran, and continues to utilize these skills in his nonprofit endeavors.
In 2005, he joined the board of ArtsCAP (The Arts Coalition of Asbury Park), and served as the nonprofit’s president from 2007-2009. During his tenure, the small board and volunteer base tripled in size, as did the budget and contributed revenue. He spearheaded many grassroots arts efforts, including monthly art walks and the TriCity Arts Tour (an arts partnership with the cities of Red Bank and Long Branch).
In a shift away from his full-time performance career, Brett became a full-time fundraiser in 2009, when the 540 the Algonquin Theatre (Manasquan, NJ) selected Brett as their Director of Development. At the time, the theatre was trying to stay afloat during the country’s post-crash recession. Brett worked hard to streamline and reinvent all development efforts including the annual gala, annual appeals, grant requests and donor relations. His work resulted in budget surpluses and greatly improved the theatre’s image in the community.
In 2011, Brett joined The Arc of Monmouth, spearheading fundraising and marketing efforts to support over 1,300 individuals with developmental disabilities. The 65 year old institution was suffering from several years of deficits and greatly in need of new ideas and revenue streams. Some of Brett’s accomplishments at The Arc include: