Staff

Linda Sullivan
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. 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 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.

Lisa Mariam
Director of Grants and Services

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 MacRoberts
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 ARTSFAIRFAX in November 2016.

Before joining the ARTSFAIRFAX, 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.

Dana Stewart
Director of Advocacy and Public Information

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 and 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 Craine
Grants Manager

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.

Crystal Simpkins White
Development Assistant

Crystal serves as the Development Assistant, reporting to the Director of Development and Administration. She is charged with supporting all development activities and joined ARTSFAIRFAX in August 2017.

Before joining ARTSFAIRFAX, 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 dance for over 10 years, touring throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a BFA in Dance/Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Justin Platt
Information and Research Manager

Justin serves as Information and Research Manager, overseeing ARTSFAIRFAX data, technology, and systems management as well as research initiatives. Additionally, he works with Americans for the Arts on surveys or research initiatives and special projects. Justin joined the ARTSFAIRFAX in February 2018.

Prior to joining ARTSFAIRFAX, Justin served as a Student Ambassador to Australia through People to People International, gaining worldly experience and an artistic outlook from a different cultural perspective. While living in Richmond, VA he spent his weekends volunteering with the local public schools advocating for the music programs. He is currently pursuing a BS in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security at George Mason University.

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