Staff and Board

Our Board

June Linowitz
Fine Arts Consultant
Philip Zipin
President Emeritus
Zipin, Amster and Greenberg LLC
Jason Hofberg, CPA
Board Treasurer
Richard L. Dana
I.J. Hudson
Executive Vice President
Kathy Lally-Beares
Board Member
Communities in Schools
Aselin Lands
Alumni Representative
Artist/Arts Educator
Christopher S. Barclay
Board Member
Montgomery Co. Public Schools
Gretchen Schermerhorn
Board Member
Pyramid Atlantic
Lucia Tang
Board Member
Hickok Cole Architects
Umair Zia
Board Member
Pepco Holdings


Staff, Full and Part-time


photo © Krista Schlyer

Anne L’Ecuyer
Executive Director

Anne is a strategist, facilitator and executive consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals. Anne is a founder of Art Lives Here, a creative placemaking campaign in the Gateway Arts District. Previously, she taught at American University in the Arts Management Program and served as Associate Vice President for Field Services at Americans for the Arts. Throughout her career, Anne has consulted with hundreds of arts leaders to provide strategy and support for their efforts.

Clayton Evans
Deputy Director

Clayton B. Evans  has dedicated most of his 25 professional years towards working with youth and families in the out-of-school-time field and is the recipient of a PASEsetter Award for exceptional youth work in New York City. Evans has taught art to students of virtually every age, from kindergarteners to retired adults. In addition to teaching the visual arts, Evans has extensive experience in not-for-profit and arts management. He was the founding director of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NYC and Executive Director of Leave Out Violence-U.S. Evans received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Education minor) from Lafayette College, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA). Learn more about Clayton and his art and follow him on Instagram!

Dawn - smDawn Goodman Washington
Communications and Development Director

Dawn Goodman Washington has served the nonprofit community of the Washington metropolitan region for nearly 30 years. As a consultant and former trainer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Ms. Washington has helped dozens of arts, education and healthcare organizations increase program efficacy, public awareness and organizational funding. She is currently responsible for aiding AOB leadership in the development and execution of communication and funding strategies as well as cultivating corporate support for effective programming. Beyond her B.A. in Journalism from Howard University, Ms Washington is presently pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Capital Seminary.

MichelleMichelle Faulkner-Forson
Community Arts Coordinator

A Community Artist  and Chicago native, Michelle is a visual storyteller who uses photography and satirical video as a way to provoke dialogue about difficult topics. Michelle graduated with her BA in Photography from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2005. After graduation she served as an AmeriCorp member for two years at an arts organization that provided youth in-school and after school programming. Michelle then was accepted to the Community Arts MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 2011. After graduation Michelle was a part of developing and implementing summer arts program in the Virgin Islands in partnership with the Caribbean Museum, local community organizations, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Since then, Michelle has collaborated with several organizations and schools and has exhibited her work in many venues. She wants to continue her growth in arts practice and art administration with hopes to retire as a living artist.

HeadshotAthena Corbin
Studio Manager

I’m originally from Silver Spring MD. Currently, I am a student attending Howard University’s School of Education, working toward a B.S. in Elementary education. I have been a photographer for over 10 years and an Illustrator for over 20. I decided to put together my first Photo series: “Rhythm and Motion in America” during the summer of 2013. All of my work prior to that had been experimental, learning, and favors for Family, friends, and acquaintances that needed a photographer who’s work they knew. The end result of my project was; a collection of work for Perks for my investors/backers and work to update my portfolio. I am currently working as lead photographer for Akata Documentary, which is in its final stages of filming.

Contractors & Consultants

Kristine Aono
Teaching Artist

Hillary Sloate
Teaching Artist

Carien Quiroga
Teaching Artist

Natalie Ramirez
Teaching Artist

Edgar Alvarado (Alumnus)
Assistant Teaching Artist
Pour Your ART Out (PYAO)- MC

Susie Leong
Project Manager
Community pARTnerships

Tania Salmeron (Alumna)
Assistant Teaching Artist
Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB)

Veronica Sloan
Communications Specialist

Naomi Giddings
Social Media Specialist

Peter Tabri
Artwork Installation

Julie Hughes