Jonathan Herman has been executive director of the National Guild for Community Arts Education since 2004 and a staff member since 1995. At the Guild he has planned and managed national conferences, training and technical assistance programs, publications, and special projects such as Creative Communities, a national initiative to foster the development of arts instruction programs in public housing communities. He was also the project leader for Partners in Excellence, a national initiative to identify and promote best practices in K-12 public school arts partnerships, as well as a national study commissioned by The Kresge Foundation which led to the publication of More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration and Sustainability in Arts Education. Jonathan has served as program director of the Rhinelander Center, an arts-based community center of the Children's Aid Society in New York City, and developed educational programs and materials at the New York Hall of Science. He holds an Ed.M. degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University. He is a graduate of the Executive Level Program at the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and serves on the advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, the advisory board of Arts Education Policy Review, and the Boys and Girls Club of America's Advisory Council for the Arts. Herman was named one of the top 50 “Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Nonprofit Arts” and Musical America’s top 30 “Professionals of the Year” in 2015.
Chief Program Officer
Heather Ikemire, Ph.D., is chief program officer at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, overseeing the Guild’s program, membership, and marketing departments. Heather also directs the Guild’s work as backbone organization for the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, which currently includes the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Americans for the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Prior to her current position, Heather served as the Guild’s marketing and communications director for seven years, and as public relations manager for the former Madison Repertory Theatre in Madison, WI. Her research on community arts education, theatre for youth, and creative youth development has appeared in various publications and she helped guide the development of the Guild’s highly-regarded resource “Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts.” She has a B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College, and a Ph.D. in Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. Heather serves as secretary for the Rose Community Development Corporation in New Orleans, where she currently resides.
Chief Operating Officer
Alongside the executive director, Adam Johnston provides leadership and ensures efficient administrative function and results in the areas of resource development, marketing and communications, finance and operations, and human resources. As an integral member of the senior management team, he will play an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization’s overall advancement. Adam is a recent transplant from Philadelphia, where he proudly served as the director of strategic initiatives at Settlement Music School, one of the oldest and largest community music schools in the nation and a founding member of the Guild. At Settlement, Adam had the privilege of working closely with its CEO (and Guild Trustee) Helen Eaton and focused on building partnerships and creating a vision for collective impact with many other organizations in the city. Prior to working at Settlement, Adam spent time in California working with City Year Los Angeles and the Teaching Artist Guild, and for four years launched and managed an El Sistema music program at the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN), where he was fortunate enough to work closely with another Guild Trustee, Jeffry Walker. Adam has a degree in music from Yale University.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is an agent for arts and culture, forever in a state of exploration, investigation, preservation, and creation. She is the communications manager at the National Guild for Community Arts Education as well as the co-founder and creative director of Museum Hue, a professional arts organization dedicated to supporting people of color in the field. Through her work, Stephanie paints a larger portrait of an ever-expanding, transnational, arts community. She utilizes museums and other cultural institutions as a medium for discussions and solutions. However, her message transcends beyond gallery walls and performance halls to create an echo chamber that influences societal change.
Member Services and Data Systems Manager
Claire Wilmoth has been with the Guild since August 2005. A Seattle native, Claire came to New York from the Chicago area after completing her B.A. at Northwestern University, where she graduated with honors in 2005. While at Northwestern, Claire helped produce the Waa-Mu show, a nationally known original musical revue by and for Northwestern students. She has also worked for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project and as a teaching artist for the Experience Arts Camp, both in Seattle.
Drew Malmuth has a background in education, youth development, and communications strategy. In 2011, after receiving his B.A. from McGill University, Drew accepted a position in South Korea as an English Teacher. He subsequently moved to London, where he received his M.Sc in political sociology from the London School of Economics and worked as a program evaluator and project leader for Basti Ram Charity. Drew’s M.Sc research looked at the intersection of artistic practice and community development, with a focus on the ways in which artists, community leaders, and activists work collaboratively to advance social movements. In November 2014, Drew traveled to Udaipur, India to lead Basti Ram’s Life Through the Lens participatory photography project. He worked as both lead coordinator for the photography-based youth workshops and manager of communications outreach. Since 2011, Drew has been a regular contributor to music and arts blogs, including Pretty Much Amazing and CultureBot.
Kate Riley, development manager, brings more than 15 years of fundraising experience on behalf of youth, women, and families in New York City and Los Angeles. Most recently, she was a Development Officer for Children’s Aid's renowned Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. Prior to that, she was a grant writer at the YWCA of the City of New York, Osborne Association, and Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South Los Angeles. A native (and one-term elected official) of Middletown, CT, she has a History degree from Wesleyan University, where she co-founded its first comedy improv troupe.
Membership and Operations Coordinator
Rangsey Keo, membership and operations coordinator, is a specialist in project management with a background in a diverse range of industries. While pursuing her B.B.A at Singapore Management University, she joined a coaching and development company as a project manager focused on creating and growing a community of people looking for development in leadership and relationship management. In her spare time, she worked as a professional life coach, helping others to improve interpersonal relations and time management. Her learning and abilities were carried over to the banking industry in Cambodia where she worked as branch performance analyst with Australia New Zealand Bank in Phnom Penh. Rangsey is an advocate of continuous learning and improvement, and looks to apply this thinking to the Guild’s operations team.
Lissette Martinez, program coordinator, is an arts administrator passionate about responsive curriculum within arts education that promotes student agency, self-empowerment, and visual literacy. She is also interested in the arts as a vehicle for centering the narratives of People of Color and its capacity for building communities of resistance and healing. Since 2012, she has worked as a cultural worker and arts educator with institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 400, Arts 4 Learning, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Lissette holds an M.A in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Art History from Florida International University.