Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tracey Alperstein Wyton- 202-587-1627

DC Collaborative Announces New Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2014) – The Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the new Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe.

The search committee, led by the Board Vice President Linda Harper, conducted a nationwide search, which resulted in more than 100 quality candidates. The search committee included Jade Floyd, Board President and Director of Communications, Case Foundation; Jeanette McCune, Board Member and Director of DC School and Community Initiatives, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; David Markey, Board Member and Arts Education Coordinator, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Caryn Fraim, Deputy Director, Choral Arts Society; Gail Murdock Board Member and DC Public Schools Teacher; and Nik Apostolides Board Member and Deputy Director, DC Capital Visitor's Center.

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a dedicated champion of the arts and an arts education advocate committed to improving the lives of youth and artists through public access, community engagement and public heath campaigns. She has promoted and raised support for many leading national and local educational and cultural institutions including the Future of Music Coalition where as Executive Director she led advocacy initiatives and organizational optimization at the intersection of music, technology and public policy. She was Director of Programs for the American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts) where she first coordinated the National Coalition for Education in the Arts along with spearheading national Arts Advocacy Day and the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and served as Development Director of the PS1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1,) as well as the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Her past work on behalf of art, culture and youth also includes public relations and fundraising consultation to youth and cultural programs in Pittsburgh for Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Community Gallery Project, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass and Light, and the 250th anniversary of the City of Pittsburgh.

As a public health and social justice advocate, she served as the National Program Director for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence (now a program of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence,) where she directed its highly acclaimed national public health campaigns ASK and SPEAK UP dedicated to reducing youth gun violence in America. She has also worked extensively in AIDS Walk and Dance-a-thon fundraising event production, raising millions of dollars and awareness for AIDS service organizations nationwide. Her past volunteer service dedicated to youth includes work with Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation program, ranking her among their most effective national volunteers working to end childhood hunger.

“I am honored to join the DC Collaborative community. I appreciate the deep commitment from all members, educators and partners in making the arts and humanities a vital component of our DC students' education experience.”
-Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Ms. Rosenthal-Yoffe is no stranger to the arts community and will be a tremendous asset for the DC Collaborative. As an accomplished leader and communicator she has used her voice to advocate for countless charities and causes across the United States. We are honored that she is our new arts education champion and that she will guide this organization into our next phase of growth. She has the experience, leadership, passion and benevolent spirit that we embrace here at the Collaborative.

"I am confident in the future we have here at the Collaborative and I look forward to working with Lissa, as does the entire Board of Directors who was instrumental in her search."
-Jade Floyd, President, Board of Directors

Please take a moment in welcoming her. She begins at the Collaborative on Monday, November 17. You can email Lissa directly at ;or connect on LinkedIn at




About the DC Collaborative

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student, sending nearly half-a-million students to arts and humanities programming provided by its members since its founding in 1998.


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