Honored to Serve as a SAA Commissioner
Over the past 10 years as a staff member of Americans for the Arts, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about how we as a nation support the arts and culture. I have the opportunity to work with hundreds of talented and innovative individuals across the nation. I have also learned a great deal from serving on two local boards, the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Arts for LA. Now, I have a new opportunity to help advance the arts in America. Starting July 1st, I will begin a five year term as a Commissioner for the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA). I am very grateful to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for presenting me with this opportunity.
As the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs here at Americans for the Arts, I work on a daily basis with State Arts Agencies (SAA) and the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) to promote the arts at the state level. Now, as a Commissioner, I will have the opportunity to learn more about how SAAs function, what their challenges are, and what they need to prosper. Hopefully with this knowledge, I can work better and smarter to advance the arts and culture on the state level.
Additionally, I am confident that I will bring a new skill set to the VCA having worked on a national level with so many arts organizations. I look forward to these new challenges and opportunities.
I am excited to work with the VCA staff, my fellow Commissioners, and the many wonderful art organizations and artists in Virginia.