NAS Announces Leadership Coaching Training Program Cohort

By NAS     Oct 30, 2019

Alexandria, VA – NAS is proud to introduce the talented change agents of its inaugural Leadership Coaching Training Program. Selected for their rich experience in the arts and culture sector and desire to support meaningful change, these leaders will spend the next year training to become coaches who will strengthen their disciplines, communities and the field as a whole.

The Leadership Coaching Training Program features a powerful and proven blended curriculum of online learning and in-person convenings accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and led by master coach trainer Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D. Coaches will be placed through NAS’ extensive network, engaging with leaders, founders and boards to assist them in developing the innovative, nimble and inclusive mindsets they need to face new challenges and opportunities.

“Coaching in the arts and culture field is not new, but NAS recognizes there is a desire for coaches who understand the nuances of navigating our sector and across sectors,” said Gail Crider, President and CEO of NAS. “Each member of this extraordinary cohort is looking to give back to their communities and to harness their knowledge in ways which will support leaders to change the status quo.”

As the pilot for the Leadership Coaching Training Program, this cohort will work directly with NAS to help shape the future of the program. Through direct input from the cohort’s experiences, NAS will ensure that program graduates are quipped to effectively strengthen and diversify the arts and culture ecosystem as professional coaches.

The Leadership Coaching Training Program was created in collaboration with the International Coach Federation and NeighborWorks America and is supported by The Barr Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2020 Leadership Coaching Training Program

  • Ayden Adler – Greencastle, Indiana
  • Jonas Cartano – New York, New York
  • Kate Griffin – Lancaster, New Hampshire
  • Esther Grisham Grimm – Chicago, Illinois
  • Suzan Jenkins – Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Charles Kennedye – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Christina Littlejohn – Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Marángeli Mejía Rabell – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Wendy Morris – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Julie Potter – San Francisco, California
  • Steven Raider Ginsburg – New Haven, Connecticut
  • Judith Rose – Cold Spring, New York
  • Jesse Rosen – New York, New York
  • Kelli Strickland – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Alicia Sutton – Peoria, Arizona
  • Beth Takekawa – Seattle, Washington
  • Joan Vorderbruggen – Minneapolis, Minnesota


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

NAS’ approach brings concepts and frameworks from outside the sector to bear on the seemingly intractable problems that arts and culture leaders face every day. They 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 & Culture Strategy. Learn more at