Deborah Rutter, the new president of the Kennedy Center. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

On Monday, Deborah Rutter started a new gig: president of the Kennedy Center. (She’s also the first woman to hold the post.) The 57-year-old has spent her career reinvigorating orchestras by reaching new audiences, bringing in big donations and, in Seattle, building an entirely new venue. We hope she’ll do all these things and more here — and she has a head start, thanks to a $100 million expansion project already in the works.

Here’s a look at her track record:

Seattle Symphony (1992-2003)
Problem: An overbooked hall with poor orchestral acoustics that left donors and musicians uninspired
Solution: Construct a flashy new hall, increase subscribers by 50 percent and expand the endowment
six-fold, to $24 million

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2003-2014)
Problem: Flatlining finances, predictable programming
Solution: Recruit a charismatic conductor and watch the donations roll in — a 32 percent increase over five years

Kennedy Center, including the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera
Problem: An aging building with terrible acoustics, plus the ever-present threat of federal funding cuts
Solution: Fingers crossed for nice new performance spaces and private donations to energize our orchestra and opera company