J.T. Kirkland, Board of Directors
A largely self-taught artist, J.T. Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country. Kirkland’s work is represented by Blank Space Gallery in New York, NY, Guthrie Contemporary in New Orleans, LA, and Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD. In 2013, Kirkland’s work was published in New American Paintings – South Region. In 2012, he was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In January 2010, Kirkland was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant. His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection. In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.
Ana Maria Rodriguez, Board of Directors
Ana Maria Rodriguez received her MS in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, as well as a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Central in Ecuador. Her breadth of knowledge ranges from organic to conventional agricultural production techniques, and genetics to economic analysis of the agricultural sector. She has experience providing guidance on subjects such as financial sustainability, designing and addressing economic viability of entrepreneurial projects, policy analysis for marine/coastal resources and agricultural produce, and lately on ecosystem accounting. In her free time she is a writer of short stories, novel, movies scripts and poetry. She is a passionate supporter of the arts in any form of expression.
Tim Mikulski, Board of Directors
Tim Mikulski is Manager of Public Affairs at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He was the communications and content manager at Americans for the Arts from February 2011 to May 2013. Among his duties, Tim was responsible for shaping and generating content for the organization’s websites (including as editor of ARTSblog), print and electronic publications, and social media channels. Prior to that role, Tim served as the arts education program manager, and as state and local government affairs coordinator at Americans for the Arts. Before joining Americans for the Arts Tim served as policy director for New Jersey Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez, primarily focusing on consumer affairs, social services, housing, and veterans’ affairs policy.
Kelly Ann Jacobson, Board of Directors
Kelly Ann Jacobson is the author of many published books, including novels such as Cairo in White, anthologies such as Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, and the poetry collection I Have Conversations with You in My Dreams. She also writes young adult fantasy novels such as The Sun Dragon Series under her pen name, Annabelle Jay. Kelly received a B.A. in Women’s Studies from George Washington University and an M.A. in Writing (Fiction Concentration) from Johns Hopkins, and she currently works as a Professor of English.
Gregory Luce, Board of Directors
Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the National Geographic Society. He is the 2014 winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award, awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Patrick Cavanaugh, Board of Directors
Patrick is a digital marketing, public relations and social media professional, providing strategic guidance from BRINK, a creative digital agency, through client relations, project management, product innovation and business development. In addition to overseeing both design and development teams, his work includes executing brand strategy, user experience and graphic design, copywriting, content planning and website administration. A culture geek, Patrick combines his passion for art, literature, music and movies with a progressive digital literacy, providing a broad swath of knowledge and experience in his role as Senior Strategist. Originally from Miami, Florida, he was a National Merit Scholar at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, minoring in Performing Arts Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations.
Jacqueline Drayer, Board of Directors
Jacqueline Drayer is interested in the built environment, particularly adaptive use. As the Community Outreach and Grants Manager at DC Preservation League, she implements historic preservation projects that critically examine history, create aesthetically diverse streets, and allow the past to be a cultural, environmental, and economic boon to the future. Her architectural writing and photography have been published online and in print. Previously Jacqueline was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Belgium, where she wrote and photographed a 172-page book about the benefits of adaptively used art institutions. She is currently pursuing a Masters in American Studies/Historic Preservation from George Washington University.
Noah Peters, Outside Counsel – ex officio Board of Directors
Noah Peters is Of Counsel to Bailey & Ehrenberg, a firm specializing in Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, and business law. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals and businesses in a broad range of Labor & Employment matters, with a focus on wage-and-hour claims and claims under federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prior to joining Bailey & Ehrenberg, Noah worked as a Labor & Employment associate for Kaye Scholer LLP, a major international law firm. At Kaye Scholer, he was part of the team that represented the former corporate officer and directors of a telecommunications company, including drafting a successful motion to dismiss a $6 million lawsuit brought by a lender against the former Chief Financial Officer. He also co-authored two amicus briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, and holds a B.A. in Politics and History and an M.A. in American Legal History from the University of Virginia.
Joshua Dadeboe, Accountant – ex officio Board of Directors
Joshua Dadeboe is an accountant working and living in Washington, D.C. He joined the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as an auditor in 2011. Prior to joining USAC, he worked in public accounting for two and half years after earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University (PA).
Ethelbert Miller, Advisory Board
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and Provisions Library for Social Change. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. His recent publications include, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004), and The 5th Inning (2009).
Sali Ann Kriegsman, Advisory Board
Sali Ann Kriegsman’s efforts to advance the art and artists of dance and to nurture greater appreciation of the arts include her work as a writer, critic, editor, funder, artistic and executive director, presenter, producer, teacher and adviser. She has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library planning project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition (the alliance of major American dance collections), executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, executive editor at The American Film Institute, and administrator of The American Dance Theater, the first professional modern dance repertory company, co-directed by Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow at Lincoln Center. She has taught and lectured at schools, universities, festivals, museums and community centers across the country and abroad, and advised private and public funding agencies. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, the first exhaustive documentary history of that legendary period, was hailed by The New York Times as “a vivid and human picture of a crucial chapter in American culture.” Her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals and reference sources. Among her awards is the NEA’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award.
Kathryn Pasternak, Advisory Board
Kathryn Pasternak writes, produces, directs and shoots wildlife films, and films about extraordinary relationships between people and animals, for international television distribution, internet distribution, and the independent documentary market. Pasternak is the recipient of two National Emmy awards, and the nominee for two more, as well as the winner of numerous other international awards. She spent 15 years at National Geographic Television, the last 9 years of which she was Senior Producer in the Natural History Unit. Pasternak studied Fine Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 magna cum laude with Highest Honors. Pasternak is a longtime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, having received their Silver Medal in 1985 for her work in and in support of the Arts. She’s also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Her recent project, DOEVILLE, tells the intimate story of Virginia’s last deer farmer, Gail Rose, a woman struggling to keep her farm and her dream alive.
Clay Johnson, Advisory Board
Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011. Media Appearances include: CNN TV — Expert on Open Government Data, NPR Weekend All Things Considered, NPR All Things Considered, Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major outlets. Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.