President & CEO
Linda Sullivan serves as President & CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County (since March of 2010). Prior to coming to the Arts Council, Ms. Sullivan served the greater Washington area as an arts management consultant since 2001. She specializes in executive transition management, interim directorships, and governance services; strategic and organizational planning, capital project planning; and fundraising. As a consultant Ms. Sullivan has worked with museums and exhibition centers, literary, performing arts, and multi-arts presenting centers. Prior to beginning a consulting business Ms. Sullivan served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Academy of the Arts (now Academy Art Museum) in Easton, Maryland, and Executive and Capital Project Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts in Montgomery County. Ms. Sullivan's additional professional activities include teaching fundraising in the Museum Studies Program, George Washington University; serving as a grants panelist and conducting organizational development workshops for the Maryland State Arts Council; serving as a Standards of Excellence reviewer for Maryland Nonprofits, serving as a commissioner and board member of numerous state and local arts councils, including the Board of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Chair, Grants Committee). Ms. Sullivan has also served on the Board of the Writer’s Center and on the Executive Committee of ArtTable’s DC Chapter. She holds an MFA in Arts Administration from Columbia University and has served as a National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Management Fellow.
Director of Grants and Services
Lisa Mariam has been on the staff at the Arts Council since 2009. Ms. Mariam oversees the Grants Program, Artist Residencies, Public Art, and other special initiatives. She manages the five grant programs, workshops, panel reviews, and the on-line grant management system. Lisa works closely with the Master Arts Plan Task Force to plan facilities and public art for the County. She also manages the Imagine Art Here Public Art Engagament Projects at Tysons, Seven Corners, and Springfield. Prior to joining the Arts Council, Ms. Mariam organized travelling exhibitions and coordinated loans at the National Gallery of Art for 10 years. Ms. Mariam's arts background includes an MA in Art History from George Washington University and 8 years as PTA cultural arts chair in Fairfax County elementary and middle schools.
Director of Development and Administration
Tom Eisman joined the Arts Council in 2016, where he heads Development efforts and office management. From 2015-2016 he was the Institutional Giving Manager at Olney Theatre Center, where he helped to add multiple foundations and business to Olney’s annual giving portfolio, with gifts as high as six figures from first time donors. This was a continuation of similar work at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Maryland from 2013-2015. Mr. Eisman holds an MA/MBA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a BA in Acting from Ball State University.
Director of Communications and Advocacy
Laura Dailey joined the Arts Council in 2016 and is responsible for managing the communications and advocacy activities. Prior to joining the Arts Council, she was the Director of Marketing at Core2 Group for two years and spent five years as a member of the marketing team at IXI Services, a division of Equifax. Additionally, Ms. Dailey has been volunteering at nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County for the past six years. Ms. Dailey holds a masters degree from Drexel University in arts administration and a bachelors degree in marketing from Elon University.
Zhiyan Arif joined the Arts Council in 2012 and is responsible for managing the Arts Council’s constituent database, data research and information technology. Prior to the Arts Council, she primarily worked on information systems management (database development and management, data analysis and IT) and human resources management for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting and for Kurdistan Save Children. Ms. Arif also has experience in monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and public relations. Ms. Arif holds a Master's Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University, and a Certificate in Human Rights from Buskerud University in Norway. When not working, she loves cooking, gardening, reading and traveling.
Rachelle Etienne-Robinson joined the Arts Council in the summer of 2013 as the Grants Assistant. Mrs. Etienne-Robinson will help to administer the annual funding for the various grant programs. A native of Fairfax County, Mrs. Etienne-Robinson looks forward to serving her community. Prior to joining the Arts Council, she was the Program Analyst for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Office of Out-of-School Time Programs. Mrs. Etienne-Robinson holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute and continues to create art and design.