Cool Spring Analytics was founded in 2002 to provide an analytical approach to problem solving and planning to assist individual managers, boards, donors, and associations of arts and cultural organizations in their decision making.  We bring extensive experience in arts and culture management from all perspectives – as managers, board members, and funders.  We have worked at the local and national level with organizations and funders to provide understandable, reliable financial data and knowledge of the arts and culture industry. 

Patricia Egan is a co-founder of Cool Spring Analytics.  Pat has 18 years of experience in nonprofit theater management at Portland Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theater/Yale School of Drama, Center Stage, and most recently as managing director of Trinity Repertory Company.

Cool Spring Analytics co-founder Patricia Egan

She consulted with National Arts Stabilization (now Strategies), working with arts organizations in Baltimore and Arizona on planning, financial management, and governance issues, and serving as interim president of NAS in 2000.  Other consulting experience includes work with the NEA and state arts councils, and work with arts and environmental organizations on strategic and organizational planning, fundraising plans, and financial management.

In 2020, Pat returned to the Yale School of Drama to teach financial management in the Theater Management program, after serving as a member of the faculty from 2003 to 2017. In that role, she taught two courses in financial management and supervised students in developing and writing case studies about theaters and other performance groups. These case studies are available to arts management programs nationally.

Pat has a degree in mathematics from Tufts University.  She serves on the advisory committee for Theatre Communication Group’s fiscal survey; she also serves on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Nancy Sasser co-founded Cool Spring Analytics with Pat. Nancy retired from Cool Spring Analytics in 2013, but continues to provide the insight and expertise gained from her long and varied career. Previously Nancy worked with National Arts Stabilization (now National Arts Strategies) for fourteen years, serving as president from 1995 through 2000.

NAS worked one-on-one with organizations and communities of funders on planning, financial management, and governance issues. Under Nancy’s leadership, and in partnership with faculty of leading U.S. business schools, NAS developed an executive education program for leaders in the arts.

Nancy’s career has intertwined business and the arts, including her work at Wells Fargo Bank; at Ernst & Ernst as a CPA; as chief financial officer of a large Jiffy Lube franchise; as assistant director for administration of Houston Grand Opera, and as a consultant to nonprofit and for-profit organizations.