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The Chief Executive Program


Funding Partners

The development of this program was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

These three foundations have made an extraordinary commitment over many years to help arts and culture institutions address key challenges. We would like to thank each of them for their support – for NAS and the cultural sector.

About the Community

Across the cultural field and around the globe, there are leaders thinking creatively about the problems they face – finding new ways to engage with their communities, experimenting with their models and leading their organizations through an environment that is rapidly changing. The Chief Executive Program is designed as a place to help those outstanding leaders who are pushing forward along that path and tackling the big questions facing the field.

We are currently working with our second class of this program. While the classes represent two distinct 18-month experiences, we see this as a singular community of leaders with a shared goal. As we ready for the third class, we want to integrate and activate this network. We will continue to challenge these leaders to think about how to respond individually, in their own organizations and as a community of top cultural executives.

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The Current Class

These 50 leaders are currently engaged in this unique professional development experience. Click on an image to explore the executive's biography, work and thoughts on the issues facing art and culture institutions.

David Baile Sara Bon-Harper Rowan Brown Katy Clark Juan Antonio Cuéllar David Dower Kristy Edmunds David Flatley Daniel Gallant Vallejo Gantner
Sarah George Michael John Gorman Maria Hane Wier Harman Corinne Hill Linda Jackson Kathleen Jameson James Kass David Koren Monique le Conge
Veronique Le Melle Helen Legg Jeffrey Lependorf Christina Littlejohn Igor Lozada Ann Meier Baker Kevin Mills Stephen Mills Jonathan Moscone Justine Nagan
Christina Olsen Elaina Richardson Jessica Robinson Love Ane Rodriguez Armendariz Art Rotch Kirsten Schaffer Diomar Silveira Jill Snyder janera solomon Susan Taylor
Linus Tunström Kelly Tweeddale Kristina Van Dyke Tony Vecchio Joana Vicente Mark Wender Kim Whitener C. Brian Williams Simon Woods Michael Yankovich



The Chief Executive Program Fellows

The participants listed below were members of the first class of The Chief Executive Program. They continue to work individually and collectively on the big issues facing the field. Click on an image to explore the executive's biography, work and thoughts on the issues facing art and culture institutions.

Ayden Adler Mary Lou Aleskie Torrie Allen Gigi Antoni Neil Ballantyne Steven Bass Pablo Berastegui Jennifer Bielstein Linda Billman Leslie Greene Bowman
Betsy Bradley Eve Bridburg Celina Chin Deborah Cullinan Charles Desmarais Aaron Dworkin Terry Dwyer Basma El Husseiny Mikel Ellcessor Adrian Ellis
Kaywin Feldman Brian Ferriso Sally Jo Fifer Christopher Fischbach Laura Foster Evalyn Gates Madeleine Grynsztejn Joceyln Hale Michael Henson Jeffrey Herrmann
Tisa Ho David Howse Kate Howe Adam Huttler Vaughan Judge Brian Kennedy Jeffrey Kimpton Robert Lamb Jana La Sorte Cathy Leff
Kate Lorenz Sarah Lutman Sean Malone Kate Markert Steve Martin Terence McFarland Patrick McIntyre Jean McLaughlin Steve Moffitt Rachel Moore
Ken Neufeld Laurie Norton Moffatt Alex Nyerges Timothy O'Leary Graham Parker Anne Parsons Anne Pasternak Richard Penny Sally Perry Craig Piper
Andrew Proctor Dorothy Pugh Greg Reiner Mike Ross Jeffrey Rudolph Patricia Simmons Cookie Ruiz Sebastian Ruth Deborah Rutter Kim Sajet
Jane M. Saks Anthony Sargent Ken Schutz Abhijit Sengupta Nina Simon Peggy Sloan Shirley Sneve David Snider George Sparks Joan Squires
Janneke Staarink James Steward Matias Tarnopolsky Bob Taylor Carlton Turner Matthew VanBesien Robert van Leer Gary Vikan Eduardo Vilaro Marc Vogl
Paulo Zuben Megan Wanlass John Wetenhall Keith Winsten Laura Zabel          



“The program provided an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the nature of our sector, especially as it relates to my specific organization. It was intellectually stimulating and provided a needed boost for the work ahead. I loved the opportunity to be with and learn from peers—in both the formal and informal settings and structure of the convenings. The new friendships and broader network will be invaluable moving forward. I am forever grateful to all in the program at NAS and the funders for providing this incredible professional development and renewal experience.”

Cathy Leff
Director, The Wolfsonian- Florida International University


“During my sixteen years as an arts organization CEO, I have attended numerous professional development sessions offered by highly reputed business schools, leadership institutes and consultants. The Chief Executive Program was exponentially more relevant, insightful and applicable. It was carefully structured to build our knowledge and engagement with an evolving curriculum over a multi-year period. It was considerate of a CEO's time constraints, and it capitalized on the tremendous synergy and intellectual equity of a broad mix of arts leadership across the field.”

Leslie Greene Bowman
President, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation


“As a new executive director, this opportunity was invaluable. It gave me the resources, the tools and most of all, the space to explore how I could best support my organization both strategically and tactically.”

Nina Simon
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History


“My experience was transformative. Every session widened my perspective, deepened my connections internationally, and strengthened my ability to build a better, more responsive and more relevant organization. My organization is already better positioned to serve in the future.”

Andrew Proctor
Executive Director, Literary Arts in Portland



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