Michael Lowder,
Senior Associate


Recent Clients

Executive Search
Bald Head Island Conservancy
The Green Chair Project

Strategic Planning
Community Music School

Fundraising Counsel
Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County

Michael Lowder joined moss+ross in 2022, after retiring as the Executive Director of Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival. In addition to serving as Executive Director for 25 years, he was also the CFO and the agency’s primary development officer.

An experienced nonprofit professional, Michael has been involved in the nonprofit arts sector since 1978, when he joined the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ professional staff as program director for the newly organized Governor’s Business Council on the Arts and Humanities. In the early 1990’s, he served as vice president for development with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. He held a similar position with the United Arts Council of Greensboro (now Arts Council of Greater Greensboro) and has directed marketing, membership, and annual and capital fundraising initiatives for the North Carolina Symphony and U.S. Olympic Festival-’87, where he initiated and produced the first Durham Blues festival as part of A North Carolina Arts Celebration.

Michael has worked as a nonprofit marketing, fundraising, and management consultant, and served on numerous arts focused boards. Currently, he serves on the boards of North Carolina Arts Foundation, United Art Council of Raleigh and Wake County Advisory Council, and the 2029 World University Games Bid Committee. He has taught courses in nonprofit fund development and management for the NC State University Public Administration graduate program and the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management. He holds a BA and MPA from NC State, and enjoys playing guitar, black and white photography, and cycling. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Raleigh.