President & CEO
Linda serves as President & CEO, reporting to and working with the Board of Directors to meet the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. Linda provides overall management of the organization’s programs and activities, staff and fiscal administration. Linda came to the Arts Council in November 2009 as a consultant, and she assumed the full-time position in March 2010.
Prior to coming to to the Arts Council, Linda served the greater Washington area as an arts management consultant, specializing in interim directorships, capital project development and all aspects of arts management. Linda has worked with museums and exhibition centers as well as literary, performing arts and multi-arts presenting organizations. Additionally, her professional activities include teaching fundraising for George Mason University’s Museum Studies Program and serving as a Standards of Excellence reviewer for Maryland Nonprofits. Linda also has served as a commissioner, board member and grant reviewer for numerous state and local arts councils. She holds a MFA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Director of Grants and Services
Lisa serves as Director of Grants and Services, overseeing the Arts Council’s five grant programs, the Artist Residency Program, Creative Aging services, and other special initiatives. In addition, Lisa works closely with the Master Arts Plan Task Force to plan facilities and public art for Fairfax County. She also manages the Arts Council’s Imagine Art Here public art engagement projects. Lisa joined the staff of the Arts Council in 2009.
Prior to working at the Arts Council, Lisa organized travelling exhibitions and coordinated loans at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Additionally, she served for eight years as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Cultural Arts Chair in Fairfax County elementary and middle schools. She also has experience as a grant-making consultant for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAAH), and she has previously reviewed grants for other local arts agencies and selected artists for local public art projects. Lisa is a graduate of Georgetown University, and she holds a MA in Art History from George Washington University.
Director of Communications and Advocacy
Laura serves as Director of Communications and Advocacy, overseeing the Arts Council’s arts advocacy endeavors and marketing activities for various programs, services, and events. Additionally, she develops marketing assets for the annual Arts Awards, organizes Local Arts Advocacy Day for Fairfax County in conjunction with the Fairfax County Budget Hearings, supports federal and state arts advocacy initiatives, and works with local media to promote the Arts Council. Laura joined the Arts Council in October 2016.
Prior to joining the Arts Council, she was the Director of Marketing at Core2 Group for two years, and at Core2, she established the company’s brand and marketing strategy while also overseeing digital platforms to support the company’s operations. Before working for Core2,Laura also spent five years as a member of the marketing team at IXI Services, a division of Equifax. Laura has also been volunteering at non-profit arts organizations in Fairfax County for the more than six years. She holds a MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University and a BS in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from Elon University.
Director of Development and Administration
Brenda serves as the Director of Development and Administration, and in this role, she oversees the organization’s administrative functions and manages all fundraising activities, including the Arts Awards. She works with the President & CEO and Board of Directors to establish organizational and growth priorities and strategies. She joined the Arts Council in November 2016 in a support role and moved into her current position in July 2017.
Before joining the the Arts Council, Brenda was Executive Director of the Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and prior to that, she worked for several years and held many positions at Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington. She holds a MBA in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fresno.
Rachelle serves as the Grant Manager, and she primarily administers a $500,000+ annual funding program for all of the Arts Council's grants and scholarships. In addition, Rachelle manages the Arts Council’s grants program activities, grantee communications, and grants data management. Since joining the Arts Council in 2013, Rachelle has aided in expanding the organization’s reach and making the Arts Council's grants available to a more diverse arts community.
Prior to joining the Arts Council, Rachelle served as Program Analyst for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Office of Out-of-School Time Programs (OSTP). While with OSTP, she assisted in developing afterschool programs that provide students with an opportunity to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities. She also developed and facilitated staff trainings regarding program compliance, provided technical support and program development, and performed an effective Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) training and internal grant audit, resulting in over 90% compliance. Additionally, Rachelle has served on multiple grants review panels for organizations in the greater Washington area. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute.
Crystal Simpkins White
Crystal serves as the Development Assistant, reporting to the Director of Development and Administration. She is charged with supporting all development activities and joined the Arts Council in August 2017.
Before joining the Arts Council, Crystal worked with international companies as a project manager and with non-profit organizations on the hill as a policy liaison. Additionally, Crystal enjoyed a professional career in the performing arts for over 10 years, touring throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a BFA in Dance/Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.