Chitra joined TRG Arts in 2019. As a Consulting Analyst, she uses data to help arts organizations find the results they need to be sustainable and create impact. Previously, Chitra was the director of engagement and arts partnerships at Kalanidhi Dance, where she led the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts and worked to increase the company’s reach throughout the Washington DC area.
Chitra has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of arts, nonprofits, and policy, including administering education programs at Arena Stage and managing policy fellowship programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts, where she conducted a qualitative analysis of their Folk & Traditional Arts Art Works grant program. As a dancer and choreographer, Chitra is committed to raising awareness of classical Indian dance through performance and education.
Chitra holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from New York University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Amanda Kegu joined the Smithsonian Institution in January 2020 as the Constituent Engagement Associate in the Office of Advancement.
Before joining the Smithsonian, Amanda served as Development Operations Manager at Round House Theatre, where she previously served as Campaign Coordinator. She was born and raised in South Florida and attended the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Art History and B.S. in Business Management. During her time in college, she interned for the Harn Museum of Art in educational programming, served as the social media manager for Slow Art Day, and worked for over three years as studio manager for the Arts & Crafts Center in the Reitz Student Union. After graduating, she moved to DC to intern with Americans for the Arts, where she first learned about EALDC and joined to meet fellow young professionals working in the arts.
Elizabeth Ashe is the Exhibit and Events Technician at the Katzen Arts Center, and gallery manager at DC Arts Center. Curating and developing public events are her jam! She and her co-curator, Mary Pat Norton, received a CAH grant to curate "Not So Concrete," which went fully digital due to the pandemic.
In her previous role as Administrative Director for Zenith Community Arts Foundation, Elizabeth she curated “Play, Protection, Peril,” an exhibit with public programming that brought together artists and activists to address gun violence. She was interviewed on The Kojo Nnamdi Show for the exhibit.
Elizabeth is also a sculptor and poet with West Coast roots. She received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She has attended workshops and residencies locally at Portico Gallery & Studios and Palette 22, and elsewhere at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Millay Colony, and Can Serrat International Artists Residency. Elizabeth has a studio practice and lives with her girlfriend and their cats in Mt. Pleasant.
Leila joined Street Sense Media as the Events and Workshop Manager in April 2018 where she is able to blend her interests of art, wellness and community development. As a committed artist, she is actively involved in comedy and visual arts in the D.C. metro area.
Leila Drici graduated in 2011 from James Madison University with degrees in Art History & Fine Art. While in school she worked as an archivist intern at Sawhill Gallery. Post graduation, she worked as a contractor and interior designer at Flooring America. Seeking a holistic approach to design, she moved to Bothell, WA to study permaculture in a self sustaining co-housing community which piqued her interest in health and wellness and led her to working in the fitness industry where she became the admin director for Steve’s Club, a nonprofit dedicated empowering youth through fitness education. Returning to the arts, Leila studied performance art and comedy at the Washington Improv Theater and the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and worked as an art teacher and ceramics studio director with a focus on community outreach and arts programming.
EMILY ANN FRANCISCO
Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Emily is currently the Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art. Emily completed dual M.A. degrees in Art History and Museum Studies at Syracuse University in 2017, and earned her B.A. in Art History and English with a Writing Concentration and a Studio Art minor from Gettysburg College in 2014. She has worked at a variety of institutions on the East Coast, including the Everson Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whistler House Museum of Art, The Gettysburg Review, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She previously served as the Social Media Chair for the DC Emerging Museum Professionals chapter (DCEMP), and is passionate about public art and writing. Emily is also a painter, dancer, and poet.
Sarah Fredrick is the foundation specialist for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. She manages the Institute’s diverse portfolio of foundation funders and works to ensure the sustainability of the Institute’s education initiatives. Fredrick’s work in development and communications has benefitted nonprofit arts, education and human services organizations. Prior to joining the Institute, Fredrick was the development & communications director of the Human Trafficking Legal Center. She also served as the development & communications specialist at Community Bridges, Inc., an education nonprofit. Fredrick is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and lives in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Mary currently works at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts as the Coordinator, Donor Relations. She has previously worked Arena Stage as a member of their Development team. Mary graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she double majored in Marketing and Film, Television and Theatre with a concentration in Theatre. She has interned at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, The Second City Theater in Chicago, and the dating website eHarmony.
Taylor Rambo is a performing arts manager and collaborative pianist in Washington, DC, working to support capacity-building initiatives in the arts. In his primary role, Taylor serves as the Major Gifts and Campaign Manager at Arena Stage where he cultivates relationships with mid-range and major donors, supports special events and manages the workflow of the Campaign team.
Taylor has supported the DC performing arts scene as a keyboard player in a folk rock band; as the musical theater accompanist for a cabaret series; as a freelance production assistant; and as full-time staff at The Washington Ballet and APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Taylor moved to DC from Miami, Florida, where he earned degrees in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment (M.A.) and Music Business and Entertainment Industries (B.M.) from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Anna is the Assistant for Designated Campaigns at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she works with major corporate and foundation donors that help support many of the Kennedy Center’s outstanding programs. Passionate about the community-building powers of the arts, Anna quickly found EALDC after moving to the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the Kennedy Center in November 2018, she worked as the Membership Coordinator at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, WI. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2017. In her spare time Anna enjoys attending performances of any kind (especially musicals), trivia nights, and hiking the many beautiful parks this area has to offer.
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At-Large Committee Members:
Past EALDC Steering Committee members include:
John Anderson | Corinne Baker | Michael Bigley | Jennifer Bowman | Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell | Tim Carrigan | Jonathon Carrington | Jonas Cartano | Ellen Chenoweth | Chelsey Christensen | Ethan Clark | Eric Colton | Kate Cushman | Anna Danielson | Steven Dawson | Jackie DeFreitas | Messay Derebe | Brittany Dibble | Anne Grobstich Erps | Tyler French | Christi Esterly Schwarten | Elena Forbes | Joe Frandoni | Tyler French | Allie Frazier | Helen Gineris | Angela Goerner | Michelle Grove | Angela Han | Stephanie Hanson | Mehvish Jamal | Destinee Johnson | Stephanie Johnson | Amelia Kemler | Austin Marie LaPorta | Char Manlove-Laws | Mary Maxwell | Alison McNeil | Ryan Merkel | Kate Michel | Tim Mikulski | Jennifer Anne Mitchell | Elizabeth McCloskey Miller | Briana Murray | Ally Ouellette | Megan Pagado | Samantha Pollack | JR Russ | James Sims, Jr. | Lindsay Sheridan | Jared Shortmeier | Michael Steelman | Emily Travis | Alysa Turner | Sunny Widmann | Bridget Woodbury
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