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.

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 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.


Thomas L. Holt

Thomas L. Holt is a partner at Perkins Coie with a focus on trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, and patent law.

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 is the Vice President of Strategy at Wells Fargo and Owner of Firerise Entertainment.

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 former president of Investment Concepts, Inc.

Cat Tager

Cat Tager (Chair) is Associate Director of Education at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Scott Wang

Scott Wang is currently in Partnerships at Stripe.

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, and is a coach for National Arts Strategies Leadership Coaching program. She also serves as Co-Chair of the American Friends of the Vienna Museum Board of Directors.


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.   

Melanie Wang

Director of Development and Partnerships 

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Melanie's background spans nonprofit, public, and business administration, with extensive work in arts philanthropy and community engagement, most recently for the City of Chicago. She serves on the executive committee of the Navy Pier Associate Board and is past co-chair of the Young Leaders Fund of the Chicago Community Trust.

Lead For America Fellow

Taylor Roberts

Special Projects & Research Manager

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Taylor is a 2021 graduate of Oglethorpe University, receiving a B.A. in Art History and Nonprofit Management. 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 equitable arts education and historical interpretation, Taylor will manage and support several projects at 3Arts aimed to expand financial opportunities for artists and diversify the field and art historical representations.