Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Herman has been CEO 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.
Director of Learning and Leadership Development
A 2018 alumna of CAELI and previous steering committee member for the Guild's ARE and Emerging Leaders Networks, Quanice G. Floyd 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 is also the Founder & Director of the Arts Administrators of Color 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. For the past decade, she has been a public-school music educator where she taught elementary school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. Quanice also serves as a board member for two DC arts organizations, and is an alumna of 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. In 2018, Quanice was honored with the American Express Emerging Leader Award by Americans for the Arts.
Assistant Director of Learning
Drew Malmuth is a writer and educator with a passion for community and youth development. Drew 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 publications and works as a tutor and mentor for NYC-based writing programs IndyKids and 826NYC.
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.
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.
Information Resources Manager
Sabine Bernards is from Portland, Oregon and has called New York City home for almost eight years. After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in political science and Spanish, she worked in New York City as a tenant organizer, which gave her a love of both New York City neighborhoods and grassroots organizing. She spent four years at Citizens Committee for New York City, where she supported grassroots groups with grants, workshops, and technical assistance for carrying out local community projects ranging from gardens to public art. For the past year, she has worked as a program coordinator for Oral History Summer School and as a communications coordinator for Brooklyn Movement Center, a grassroots organizing group in her neighborhood. Outside of work, Sabine is a member of Regeneracion Radical Childcare Collective and loves cooking, printmaking, and biking around New York City. She is excited to be a part of the Guild and support community arts education around the country!
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.