NAS Announces Chief Executive Program Cohort

By NAS     Jul 25, 2019

Alexandria, VA – NAS is pleased to announce the exceptional leaders selected to its fifth class of the Chief Executive Program. At a time when many arts and culture executives feel increasingly isolated and under-supported, the Chief Executive Program connects an international cohort of CEOs to explore leadership and strengthen their efforts to drive change in their organizations, communities and in the cultural field.

Over the next ten months, the cohort of selected executives will learn new frameworks with industry-leading faculty, engage in one-on-one reflective exercises with NAS-trained coaches and collaborate with one another. Convenings at Harvard Business School and a learning retreat location will support the cohort in building a community of practice they will call on for the rest of their careers. At the program’s conclusion, participants will join an international community of nearly 250 program alumni.

Begun in 2011, the Chief Executive Program is a blended education program for artistic and executive leaders who are leading change across the world. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process to identify leaders from outstanding institutions of all sizes and disciplines. From placing professional writers in schools to increase students’ reading and writing skills through an infusion of language, poetry and multi-media arts experiences, to a choral ensemble which sings together with the community to foster healthier and more vibrant connections and so much more, each executive seeks to challenge the status quo through the vital role their organizations play in their communities.

“These leaders are integral parts of their communities, driving positive change in challenging times,” said Gail Crider, President and CEO of NAS. “Together with our partners at Harvard Business School, we look forward to supporting this amazing group as they learn and share knowledge across a diverse and cross-disciplinary network.”

The Chief Executive Program is supported by The Kresge Foundation, with backing for regional leaders by the Barr Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The following leaders were chosen to participate in the Chief Executive Program for the effective, innovative, collaborative and curious work their organizations engage in:

  • Paula Arrigoni, Bay Area Video Coalition
    San Francisco, California
  • Stephen Beaudoin, The Washington Chorus
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Caroline Bowditch, Arts Access Victoria
    South Melbourne, Australia
  • Betsey Brock, On the Boards
    Seattle, Washington
  • Raymond Caldwell, Theater Alliance
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Jackie Clay, Coleman Center for the Arts
    York, Alabama
  • Teresa Coleman Wash, Bishop Arts Theatre Center
    Dallas, Texas
  • Damien Crutcher, Crescendo Detroit
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Elise DeMarzo, City of Palo Alto Public Art Program
    Palo Alto, California
  • Peter DiMuro, The Dance Complex
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • David Durante, Sno-Isle Libraries
    Marysville, Washington
  • Christopher Edwards, Actors Shakespeare Project
    Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
  • Casandra Hernández Faham, CALA Alliance
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Molly Fannon, Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Pamela Franks, Williams College Museum of Art
    Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Kaye Glamuzina, City of Melbourne
    Carlton, Victoria
  • Jennifer Green-Flint, Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy
    Winchester, Virginia
  • Deana Haggag, United States Artists
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Akilah Halley, Marwen
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Vivian Hua, Northwest Film Forum
    Seattle, Washington
  • Anne Kraybill, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Shawn LaCount, Company One Theatre
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tim Lennon, LANGSTON
    Seattle, Washington
  • Michael Luria, University of Arizona College of Science
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Kristin Makholm, Minnesota Museum of American Art
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Robert Massey, Louisville Orchestra
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Paloma McGregor, Angela’s Pulse
    New York, New York
  • Lori McKinney, The RiffRaff Arts Collective
    Princeton, West Virginia
  • Alice Nash, Back to Back Theatre
    Geelong, Australia
  • Brian Parkes, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Roberta Pereira, The Playwrights Realm
    New York, New York
  • Joshua Preston, Ballet Hispanico of New York
    New York, New York
  • Steinunn Ragnarsdottir, Icelandic Opera
    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Michelle Ramos, Alternate ROOTS
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mariah Rankine-Landers, Studio Pathways
    Oakland, California
  • Claire Rice, Arts Alliance Illinois
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Suma Karaman Rosen, InsideOut Literary Arts
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Jeffrey Sharp, Independent Filmmaker Project
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Tony Sias, Karamu House
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Janice Sinden, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
    Denver, Colorado
  • Chandra Stephens-Albright, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Melia Tourangeau, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Terri Trotter, Midland Center for the Arts
    Midland, Michigan
  • Christina Vassallo, SPACES
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Kasandra VerBrugghen, Spy Hop Productions
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Philip Watkins, Desart
    Alice Springs, Australia
  • Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Fionn Yeung, Leisure & Cultural Services Department, HKSAR
    Hong Kong, China
  • Edward Yim, American Composers Orchestra
    New York, New York


About NAS
NAS strengthens the arts and culture sector by creating meaningful and useful educational experiences for leaders at all levels of the ecosystem – from boards and CEOs to entrepreneurs and artists – giving them the tools, connections and support to transform their leadership, their organizations and their communities.

Over our 30-year history, we have worked with thousands of people to build management and leadership capacities. Our model is to build connections that have a high level of trust and that are both deep and broad: we work closely with individual communities and connect local leaders with a broad and diverse network of likely and unlikely allies from across the globe.

Our approach brings concepts and frameworks from outside the sector to bear on the seemingly intractable problems that arts leaders face every day. We partner with faculty from top-tier universities who excel in both researching and teaching to deliver programs such as the Chief Executive Program, Creative Community Fellows and the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. Learn more at