Amy Cochran

Amy Cochran spends her days as a Principal with PwC, focusing on large finance transformational programs, and her nights/weekends as a fiber artist knitting, crocheting, and needlepointing.

Pete Buse

Pete Buse serves as Corporate Counsel at William Blair, advising the global financial services firm on commercial contracting and corporate legal matters.

Remberto Del Real

Remberto Del Real is the Chief Marketing Officer of DeVry University.

Cheryl Desir

Cheryl Desir is the General Manager of the University of Chicago Gleacher Center and Regional Director of Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Katie Dowling

Katie Dowling (Chair) is Head of Global Technology Delivery and Operations at Morningstar.

Alice DuBose

Alice DuBose is the Founder of Philanthropy RX, a fundraising consultant firm that she founded in 2006.  Philanthropy Rx works closely with key staff, volunteers and leaders to design and implement fundraising programs and campaigns.

Whitney Hill

Whitney Hill is the Founder & Director of SPORK! and an Accessibility Specialist at LCM Architects.


Erica Hubbard

Erica Hubbard is the Director of Chicago Programs for the Obama Foundation

Erica Kubly

Erica Kubly is an associate with Seeger Weiss LLP.

Lisa Yun Lee

Lisa Yun Lee (Secretary) is a cultural activist and Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum

Kimberly Manuel-Dickens

Kimberly Manuel-Dickens (Vice Chair) is the Vice President of Strategy at Wells Fargo and Owner of Firerise Entertainment.

Katie Mohrfeld

Katie Mohrfeld is a Director of Marketing for the Comcast Corporation in the Greater Chicago Area.

Masum Momaya

Masum Momaya, EdD, is a Fellow at Open Society Foundations and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founder of a consulting practice "Curating Words, Strategies and Sights for Justice and Rights" and author of a forthcoming book on curating justice.

Rose Parisi

Rose Parisi (Vice Chair) is a consultant and arts advocate.

Jason Quiara

Jason Quiara is Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at ConnectED.

Katy Simmons

Katy Simmons is a Vice President and Senior Client Advisor in Northern Trust’s Global Family & Private Investment Office.


Mike Siurek

Mike Siurek is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in their Healthcare and Institutions group.

Mel Smith

Mel Smith (Treasurer) is the owner and president of Investment Concepts, Inc.

Scott Wang

Scott Wang is SVP, Treasure Financial.

Acasia Wilson Feinberg

Acasia Wilson Feinberg is the Founding Director of the 1954 Fund, an initiative of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education.


Mesha Arant

Manager of Administration and Programs

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Mesha is dedicated to creating equitable and inclusive arts and culture programming. She is a musician, consultant, and on the board of Sustain Music & Nature.

Esther Grisham Grimm

Executive Director

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Esther’s career-long work in the arts encompasses museum and art education, administration, and philanthropy. She is a writer/editor, plays the flute, serves as an equine therapy volunteer, and is a coach for National Arts Strategies Leadership Coaching program. She is the Co-Chair of the American Friends of the Vienna Museum Board of Directors and is a member of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council.

Sara Slawnik

Director of Programs

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Sara has led nonprofit arts programming and fundraising work for nearly 20 years. She also is an avid gardener and serves as Board President of the multidisciplinary art space, Comfort Station, based in the Logan Square neighborhood.   

Cat Tager

Director of Development & Partnerships

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Cat is a musician and life-long arts advocate dedicated to connecting equity and the arts. Her love for 3Arts began in 2007 when her band was booked to play the newly minted 3Arts launch event. She most recently served an 8-year term as Chair of the 3Arts Board of Directors and has led arts education, programming, and administration work for over 20 years.


Lead For America Fellow

Taylor Roberts

Special Projects & Research Manager

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As a Lead For America Hometown Fellow, Taylor is part of a national service program that places leaders aged 21-30 in two-year paid fellowship roles within organizations based in their hometowns. A passionate advocate for access to equitable arts education and careers, Taylor manages and supports several projects at 3Arts aimed at expanding financial opportunities for artists and further implementing practices of care.