"OUR CLIENTS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN AND GROW
Stefanie Joy Muscat launched Bevara in November 2004, following a successful career in management roles within nonprofit organizations. She works with clients as a Principal Consultant and leads the entire Bevara team, as the company's CEO. Her interest in cultural activities, however, extends as far back as kindergarten, when she would catalogue and exhibit her family's art and antique collections. She even made a modest profit, charging visitors a quarter to enter her "museum."
Prior to opening Bevara, Stefanie served as Public Relations Coordinator (MSU Museum), Marketing Director (1999 National Folk Festival), Traveling Exhibits Coordinator (New England Aquarium) and Executive Director (Ipswich Museum). Stefanie attended Michigan State University, where she studied Sociocultural Anthropology, Arts Management, and earned her Museum Studies Certificate. She also completed the Broad College's International Business Institute for Community College Faculty.
Throughout her career, Stefanie has been honored for her work. She was named a Fellow of The Nantucket Project, a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers, visionaries, and performers to discuss the theme of "art + commerce." In 1999, she was named to the Detroit Free Press list of "100 People to Watch This Century", for her work to promote culture and heritage, and the creative economy. At only 24 years old, she was the youngest person named to the list.
During a recent sabbatical from Bevara, Stefanie produced the award winning Abbe Museum Indian Market. The Abbe Museum, located in Bar Harbor, is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of Maine's Native people, the Wabanaki, and the Indian Market featured artists from over thirty tribes.
She continues to serve the nonprofit and education sectors outside her consultancy. Stefanie regularly lectures at conferences and universities on a variety of topics related to the management and advancement of nonprofit organizations and the creative economy. She was named one of the twenty best speakers, selected among 300+ past Communicating the Arts conferences, following her talk regarding inclusive philanthropy in Montreal, October 2019. She is a founding member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Faculty Advisory Board, and is an instructor at Northern Essex Community College, where she created the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, and has taught several business and hospitality courses over the past fifteen years. You can view upcoming speaking engagements and programs here.
Stefanie has also donated countless hours to nonprofits, and the communities they serve. In 2015, Stefanie created the Bevara Stiftelse program, designed to assist organizations who can't afford consulting services. A portion of Bevara profits are earmarked for this important program. She also serves on A Moment of Magic Foundation's Board of Advisors.