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Gail Crider

Gail Crider

Areas of interest

  • Diversity of ideas, art forms, leaders, approaches and voices
  • Boards and decision-making
  • Organizational health and well-being
  • Universal access to education
  • Environmentally sound growth policies

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President & CEO

Gail Crider is President & CEO of National Arts Strategies. She directs our program design area and facilitates organizational realignment. In addition, she consults on strategic leadership, planning and governance. Gail was Vice President and COO for over a decade and was instrumental in our transition from the National Arts Stabilization Fund to National Arts Strategies and providing the range of services we offer today.

Before joining National Arts Strategies, Gail worked with a variety of arts organizations and spent ten years in the funding community. In her most recent position as a program officer for a private foundation, Gail worked on inner-city redevelopment and community building in Washington, D.C. Gail has also worked for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger and the National Endowment for the Arts. She co-chaired the Community Development Support Collaborative in Washington, D.C., and has served on the audit committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and on grant panels for the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund. She holds a B.S. in theater from Lewis and Clark College.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gail enjoys playing the role of mother to an exceptional teenage son, practicing yoga and finding opportunities to learn from unexpected conversations.  



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