(In alphabetical order by last name)
Quanice G. Floyd
Quanice G. Floyd (she/her) is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she has received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice was recently appointed as the Executive Director of National Guild for Community Arts Education after previously serving as the Executive Director at Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, an arts education advocacy and service organization. She is also the Co-Founder of the Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. She has also been a public-school music educator where she taught elementary and middle school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. Quanice serves as a commissioner for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and is an alumna of Fractured Atlas’ Artist Campaign School, the National Guild for Community Arts Education's Leadership Institute (CAELI), ArtEquity's Racial Facilitator Cohort, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educators and Arts Administrators Academy, 4.0 Schools' Essentials Program, and the Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy. Quanice received the Americans for the Arts' American Express Emerging Leader Award and the Arts Advocate of the Year Award from the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts.
Deputy Director of Equity and Human Development
Ashley Hare (they/them) joins our team remotely from Phoenix, Arizona. Their career has shifted and expanded from stage management and teaching artistry, to arts therapy and arts administration. Now, they work to integrate wellness, joy, community organizing, elder and ancestral knowledge, and CYD youth-led practice together. They have facilitated programming within shelters for youth who are homeless, and in group homes, rehabilitation facilities, juvenile detention centers, public and private schools. They are a co-founder of InSite Consultants AZ, a racial equity group centering wisdom at the margins, and have served as arts director for city government and nonprofit arts organizations. Ashley remains local in Arizona to support Re:Frame Youth Arts Center as a co-founder and adult accomplice who shares leadership power with a 50% youth staff and 50% youth board.
Learning and Engagement Manager
Jasmine Huff (she/her) joins our team remotely from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An intuitive visual artist, Jasmine Huff started her career early. As the product of an artistic family, she exhibited and sold her art, photography and jewelry in her family’s gallery, Huff Art Studio. At nineteen, she graduated from Salem College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies. She continued her studies at Northwestern University where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media in 2016. In recent years, she has been teaching film courses, exhibiting her photography and assisting with art projects within her local community. Jasmine aims to bring her history as an artist and educator to her position as the Learning & Engagement Manager for the Guild.
Membership and Operations Manager
Rangsey Keo (she/her), membership and operations manager, 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.
Jenina Podulka (they/them) is a queer white latine born, raised, and living in Hudson County, NJ (occupied land of the Munsee Lenape people). Jenina comes from a family of artists, writers, growers, and teachers, which has shaped their belief in the alchemical power of storytelling to create new worlds. After earning their B.F.A. in Filmmaking from Montclair State University, they worked on several documentary films and tv shows before completing an intensive community organizing training through the Center for Community Leadership (CCL). For the next five years they worked at organizations fighting for food and housing justice—including Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), Community Food Action at New Settlement Apartments, and Just Food—always using writing and video as tools to push the work forward. Jenina joined the Guild's staff in 2019, and aims to use communications to support the Guild’s mission and help ensure that all people can connect with their inherent creative power.
Naiya Speight-Leggett (she/they) is a creative strategist, professional dancer, and visionary catalyst born and raised in ‘Washington, DC’—occupied Piscataway & Anacostan land. She is a lover of people, art, and equity who works in the radical tradition of Black Queer Feminism to inspire transformation that honors our inherent interconnectedness.
Naiya brings both robust proficiency and energizing ideas to their work with the Guild. Their experience spans: arts education; nonprofit, management, and DEI strategy consulting; community organizing; and social policy work—always centering people first. She co-facilitates MoneyPot, an anti-capitalist direct resource redistribution initiative for BIPOC abolitionist organizers. She has taught, performed, and created with various dance companies, The Kennedy Center, and U.S. + D.C. organizations. Naiya is launching their upcoming movement healing practice, prioritizing liberatory wellness and holistic joy.
Naiya earned her dual degree BA in Political Science & Black Diaspora Studies (Urban Studies concentration) from Yale University. She also has advanced training in business development. Naiya has received the Yale Creating & Performing Arts Award and National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in the Arts, among others.
Natalia Vilela (she/they) is excited to join the National Guild team remotely from Long Beach, New York. Natalia is a knowledge-hungry Peruvian-American with a longtime interest in graphic design and community-empowering initiatives. She strives to amplify such initiatives via communicative visuals, and aims to promote work that captivates those who proudly strengthen others. One of their most recent experiences within the nonprofit realm involves working as the Communications Assistant for the migrant rights nonprofit Justice in Motion. Natalia holds a B.A. in Journalism from Hofstra University and a certificate from the Shillington School of Graphic Design.
Member Services and Data Systems Manager
Claire Wilmoth (she/her) 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.
Director of Conferences and Learning
Ivy Young (she/her) recognizes her interest in arts education as a natural expression of her artful upbringing. As a young person, she had many creative opportunities both in school and at home, and so in her undergraduate studies she began her work as an arts educator by shadowing teaching artists and crafting her own visual art lessons in New York, Jerusalem, and Dharamshala, India (she attended an international school). Later, she continued artful teaching as an elementary school educator (self-contained, K-5 classrooms) in progressive schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. After about a decade in the formal education environment, she returned to school for Museum Studies and later contributed to schools, museums, and arts organizations as a learning design consultant. From her most recent work with professionals across the country, crafting project-based curricula for young learners, designing and implementing professional development programs, and engaging stakeholders in collaborative workshops, she is thrilled to be able to weave all of her professional experiences together and put roots down in her new role at the National Guild.