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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. As a consultant from 2001 to 2010 she worked with over two dozen arts organizations, of all disciplines, in the Washington DC region. Linda came to ARTSFAIRFAX in November 2009 as a consultant, and she assumed the full-time position in March 2010.
Prior to coming to ARTSFAIRFAX, 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 Washington 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.
Lisa serves as Director of Grants and Services, overseeing ARTSFAIRFAX’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 ARTSFAIRFAX’s Imagine Art Here public art engagement projects. Lisa joined the staff of ARTSFAIRFAX in 2009.
Prior to working at ARTSFAIRFAX, 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.
Brenda serves as the Director of Development and Operations. 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 ARTSFAIRFAX in November 2016.
Before joining the ARTSFAIRFAX, Brenda was Executive Director of the Broadway Rose Theatre Company. 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.
Dana joined ARTSFAIRFAX in July 2018 to serve as the Director of Advocacy and Public Information. In her advocacy role, Dana directs ARTSFAIRFAX’s local, state, and federal advocacy services. As the Public Information Services director, she creates and implements ARTSFAIRFAX’s strategic communications plan.
Before working at ARTSFAIRFAX, Dana was a founding partner and Vice-President at Cornerstone Government Affairs where she managed clients’ federal appropriation and policy strategies. In the non-profit arena, Dana led the development and implementation of The Washington Animal Rescue League’s communication department and served as a National Conservation Advocate for the Marine Fish Conservation Network. For the last three years, Dana has been a regular contributor to a variety of blogs and online magazines. Dana has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Public Policy from American University.
Kimber serves as the Grants Manager, and he joined ARTSFAIRFAX in 2018. He primarily administers a $500,000+ annual funding program for all ARTSFAIRFAX grants and scholarships, and additionally, Kimber manages ARTSFAIRFAX’s grants program activities, grantee communications and grants data management.
Prior to joining ARTSFAIRFAX, Kimber was the Director of Program Initiatives for the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) for almost 14 years. During that time, Kimber supervised programs like the National Student Poets program and managed Save America’s Treasures. Prior to PCAH, he was the Communications Manager for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), the Project Director for an artist residency project as part of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial and oversaw a national public art initiative. Additionally, he worked for a number of regional theaters in new play development, arts education outreach and other capacities. He holds a MA from the University of California Santa Barbara in Theater.
Claire serves as the Development Manager, reporting to and working for the Director of Development and Administration. She is tasked with supporting all development activities as well as general administrative activities. Claire joined ARTSFAIRFAX in October 2018.
Prior to coming to ARTSFAIRFAX, Claire was a paralegal for general practice law firms in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. She was also a member of the Hermitage Museum and Garden’s Young Associate’s Board for three years. Claire received her BFA in Art History from Longwood University. She is currently getting her MA in Arts Management with a concentration in Fundraising and Development from George Mason University.
Karan serves as the Information Technology and Data Manager, reporting to the Director of Advocacy and Public Information. He administers the website to make the latest updates, as well as any technology related issues in the office. Karan joined ARTSFAIRFAX in July 2019.
Karan is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Information Security from George Mason University. Prior to working for ARTSFAIRFAX, he worked for Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on the robotics and engineering education for students from kindergarten to college.
Danielle serves as the Arts Education Program Manager, reporting to and working for the Director of Grants and Services. She oversees the Artist Residency Program, Creative Aging services, and other special initiatives. Danielle joined ARTSFAIRFAX in July 2019.
While also working at ARTSFAIRFAX, Danielle teaches private music lessons to students in the Fairfax area at Crescendo Studios. She has done internships with both ARTSFAIRFAX and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings over the past two years. Danielle has a B.A. in Music with a minor in Business from George Mason University.
Manuela joined ARTSFAIRFAX in August of 2020 as a communications assistant. In her role, Manuela engages the arts community and general audiences in promotion of Fairfax County arts organizations and artists.
Before coming to ARTSFAIRFAX, Manuela was the Social Media Coordinator for a small arts and crafts company in Costa Rica. Her professional experience at organizations such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, BalletX, PhiladanCo, and The Rock School for Dance Education has fostered a love of learning and passion for non-profits and the performing arts. Manuela is a graduate of The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia and holds an MA in Arts Management from George Mason University.
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