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 Communications & Programs
Henrik Sundqvist is the Director of Communications & Programs and joined the Arts Council in 2007. Mr. Sundqvist oversees arts education programs; defines, implements, and oversees marketing, and branding strategies; and manages advocacy and research initiatives for the Arts Council. He has 18 years of combined experience in marketing, design, and communications in addition to a comprehensive visual arts management background. Mr. Sundqvist earned an MFA in graphic communications from the University of Engineering & Technology in Mannheim, Germany and a second MFA in painting from the University of Houston, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys creating contemporary prints in his studio.
Grants Director & Master Arts Plan Coordinator
Lisa Mariam has been on the staff at the Arts Council since 2009. Ms. Mariam oversees the Grants Program and coordinates the Master Arts Plan. She manages the four grant programs, reviewing and updating guidelines, markets the program, and leads grant preparation workshops. In 2011, she began to coordinate planning for the Master Arts Plan including development of the web page, task force meetings, and gathering data and resources. 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.
Janay Turner joined the staff of the Arts Council in 2011 as the Business Manager. Ms. Turner is a graduate of George Mason University’s Arts Management Masters Program. A native Californian, she pursued her undergraduate education at Howard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in 2009. Ms. Turner received many accolades and honors for her scholastic achievements and for her leadership contributions to the Howard University Choir, notably being selected to participate in two international festivals and tours in Russia and China. Having a passion for the arts and giving back to her community, Ms. Turner generously dedicates her time to supporting and promoting various organizations including Project Inspire, Arlington Food Assistance Center Young Professionals, Emerging Arts Leaders DC, Dancin' Unlimited Jazz Dance Company, and Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network.
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.
Christina Easterly joined the Arts Council as a part-time Administrative Assistant in 2013. Prior to moving to Virginia, she served as an Auction Coordinator for an auction house in New York. Originally from Texas, Ms. Easterly majored in Art History at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and she received her MA in Art History from Hunter College in New York. She is an avid supporter of local arts, devotes her time to visiting museums, and is a member of Emerging Arts Leaders DC.