Our Team

Anthony D. Meyers

Founding Director

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About me: I care deeply about the ways that individuals from historically marginalized groups can access the full range of their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and professional capacities to evolve as human beings. I believe that the foundation of leadership development and learning is based on deep examinations of personal and professional experiences, and using theoretical concepts only as roadmaps for critical self-reflection. Through mentorship, coaching, and training, I examine the impact of oppressive policies and practices on individuals and their abilities to thrive and develop tools for identifying and pursuing opportunities without limit. On a systems level, I am most interested in exploring the ways that power and influence move within arts and cultural sectors across the US. I am most inspired by a quote from Kurt Levin, considered to be the “Father of Organization Development” when he wrote: “You cannot understand a system until you try to change it.” Read More

Lynn Pono

Chief of Staff

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About me:  I grew up in the Chicagoland area with my three sisters and my parents and grandparents who are originally from the Philippines.  I have had a non-traditional path to leadership. Oftentimes I took on the behind-the-scenes role which started back in high school when I was part of the stage crew, supporting the actors on stage.  During my undergraduate and post-college years, I worked on social justice issues, balancing my professional career with my equally-enriching activist and community organizing work. I have participated in culturally-specific arts advocacy collectives and have been trained in results-based leadership curriculum. My intention is to work towards a more diverse and inclusive future by creating and supporting structures and institutions that reflect that future. Read More

Jessica Gaines

Team Lead, Project Analysis and Management Strategies

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About me: my journey to becoming an arts administrator and arts manager began before I was aware those were even real jobs. As an extremely extroverted, high-energy, always moving, dancing, laughing, talking - a smidge too loud - creative type who tried to blend in with other corporate folks, I struggled with where I belonged, professionally. Thankfully the 2008 recession shifted my career path and forced me to take a serious look into my beliefs, values, and priorities. Since then, I have enthusiastically stepped into my purpose and found my voice to nurture the field that has formed my identity and confidence. Working with Anthony and the rock stars of Leading ChangeMakers brings enormous joy as we align to create, maintain, and hold space for so many leaders doing amazing, thoughtful work. Read More

Bryan E. Glover

Team Lead, Individual Learning and Organization Development

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About me: I truly believe that everyone deserves access to joy and experiencing their creative potential. This leads me to involvement with artists and arts organizations from an early age, and I found that my organizational and administrative talents could be a valuable contribution to the sector. I soon realized that systemic unequal distributions of power and resources were key limiting (and frustrating) factors in the many marginalized communities of which I was a part. Now, as an administrator, coach and facilitator, I am committed to engaging in work that not only disrupts dominant paradigms, but that also empowers individuals and organizations to create their own structures and narratives to support the lives and world they envision. Read More

Jennifer Ifil-Ryan

Team Lead, Community Building and Holistic Leadership Development

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About me: I am a cultural worker, driven by the firm belief that we can make change for the better through transparent communication and a collective vision. I began my career as a visual arts instructor in NYC public schools, where I taught children to develop their ideas and share their values through the investigation of visual arts materials. As a person who identifies as a member of the communities that are often labeled as marginalized and under-served, I have a strong relationship to co-creating what is possible, and in instigating environments to include more people like me. My approach is rooted in socially engaged practice and building efficacy within communities. Read More
 

Carrie E. Neal

Team Lead, Process and Learning Facilitation

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About me: I am an educator, administrator and artist. I come to the table as an integral thinker and make connections between diverse fields of study. I bring my interest and training in design thinking, strategic analysis, facilitation, social justice, and education to all of the projects that I work on. I have spent the last 20+ years working in and with education institutions, small companies, and NGOs. As a process facilitator and coach. I have led curricular change, structural change, learning events, and leader development programming at several local and national organizations. I often find my role as the one who brings the ethereal into the material. I like to dream, support others, facilitate growth and get very practical. Read More 

Stefania Trelles

Team Lead, Workshop Facilitation and Individual Coaching

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About me: I am a Latinx immigrant, who believes it is crucial to have platforms that make room for the multiple narratives and perspectives of underrepresented groups. I am passionate about change management work and fostering personal and professional growth that includes self-care practices. I strive to help people help themselves by focusing on the knowledge and lived experience they already carry. Through thought-provoking questions and visioning activities that unlock the ideal-self, I facilitate conversations that empower people to be comfortable conceptualizing purpose-driven strategies and solutions for achieving their goals. On my time off you’ll find me taking long walks, daydreaming about my next vacation, or shopping for house-plants. Read More

 

Advisors

Nadia Elokdah

Deputy Director and Director of Programs, Grantmakers in the Arts

Tracey Knuckles

Advisor, Strategist Counsel Cultural Assets Management, Bloomberg Associates

Sheila McDaniel, MPA, CIPM

Deputy Director, Finance & Operations, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Monica O. Montgomery Nyathi

Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue

Executive Director, Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center

Mark Randall

Principal and Creative Director, Worldstudio

Assistant Professor, Strategic Design & Management, Parsons School of Design

Jean Tatge

Consultant, Fundraising and Organizational Management, Jean Tatge Consulting

Edwin Torres

President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

 

Jen van der Meer

Strategist, Educator, Founder & CEO, Reason Street

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