Amy Skillman, M.A.

As a folklorist, Skillman works at the intersection of culture and tension, where paying attention to culture can serve to mediate social change. She advises artists and community-based organizations on the implementation of programs that honor and conserve cultural traditions, guides them to potential resources, and develops programs to help build their capacity to sustain these initiatives. Drawing on extensive research and documentation, Skillman has developed a variety of public programs that bring awareness to issues of importance in these communities. Her work has included an oral history/leadership empowerment initiative with immigrant and refugee women in Central Pennsylvania, a Grammy-nominated recording of old time fiddlers in Missouri, and a yearlong arts residency with alternative education high school students rooted in the ethnography of their lives. Skillman recently curated a major traveling exhibition that examines the role of folk arts as a catalyst for activism in communities throughout Pennsylvania. She received her Masters degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University in a self-designed major in Cultural Minorities and the Immigrant Experience.

Harold A. Anderson, Ph.D.

Dr. Anderson is a professor of cultural anthropology at Bowie State University in Maryland and a researcher/curator for a number of museums and organizations, including the Maryland Historical Trust/Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George’s County African-American History Museum, and Foundation for the Humanities, among others. He was a Mozart Fellow at Otago University in New Zealand—a prestigious residency for composers—and earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at University of Maryland College Park. He has published extensively on the traditions of African-American watermen and maritime communities in the Chesapeake region. Anderson's research languages are Maori and French and he is a student of te reo Maori. He has written numerous reports on endangered folkways for prestigious national institutions like the Smithsonian, and has done extensive fieldwork both in the U.S. and in New Zealand. Harold is also an accomplished composer and award-winning jazz bassist.

Robert Baron,  Ph.D.

Robert Baron is the founding director of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  The NYSCA Folk Arts Program fosters the sustainability of folklore throughout New York State through its funding of presentation of folk artists, field research and services to artists and arts organizations.  It has been a catalyst for the development of a number of regional traditional arts programs and organizations, and organizes the annual New York State Folk Arts Roundtable in collaboration with the New York Folklore Society.   Baron also directs the Music Program at NYSCA.   He has also served as Folklore Administrator of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Senior Research Specialist in the Education Division of the Brooklyn Museum, adjunct lecturer at Rutgers-Newark, and Non-Resident Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research at Harvard University.  Baron received the Benjamin A. Botkin award for outstanding achievement in public folklore from the American Folklore Society, grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Asian Cultural Council and Japan Foundation, and a Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice.  He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Finland and the Philippines.  His research interests include Afro-Atlantic cultures, creolization, cultural policy, museology, the history of folklore studies and public folklore.  Baron has carried out field research in New York City, Washington, D.C., Haiti, Japan and St. Lucia.    His publications include Public Folklore, edited with Nick Spitzer; Creolization as Cultural Creativity, edited with Ana Cara, and articles in Curator, Journal of American Folklore, New York Folklore, Voices, Children's Folklore Review, Western Folklore and the Journal of Folklore Research.  Baron received a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from the University of Chicago. 


Ron Baraff

Mr. Baraff has been in his current position as the Director of Museum Collections and Archives for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in Homestead, PA, since July of 1998. He supervises the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Archives and Museum, determines and sets policies concerning the acquisition of collections, photography, papers, records, and objects, along with their preservation, conservation and management. Drawing on those collections, he designs, institutes and administers museum exhibits and educational programs, including Oral History, Interpretive and Multi-media projects. Mr. Baraff has written and administered many grants for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area from federal, state and private sources.

Along with his many Curatorial, Archival, Educational and Administrative duties, Mr. Baraff has authored and/or managed many diverse projects for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, including public heritage-based tours of the region, documentary media products, exhibitions and scholarly publications.

Mr. Baraff serves on the Historic Marker Review Board for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Steel Valley Trail Council and Pittsburgh Speech & Society a project of the University of Pittsburgh focused on disseminating educational materials relating to the Pittsburgh dialect. He was recognized by the Steel Valley Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 2003-2004.

Prior to his time with Rivers of Steel, Mr. Baraff worked with the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, OR. He was employed as a Historic Site Interpreter, and worked as an Education Assistant Intern, and Oral Historian. As an Oral Historian, he conducted interviews on the subject of Baseball (amateur and professional) in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Baraff received his B.S. in History from Portland State University, Portland, OR, specializing in Public History. He received his M.A in History from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA with a focus on Archives, Museums, and Historical Editing,


Debbie Cebula

Deborah Cebula

Deborah served as former assistant dean and director of professional programs in the Welch Center for Graduate & Professional Studies at Goucher. Ms. Cebula also served as former Assistant Dean, Advanced Academic Programs, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Executive, The Guilford Group; Vice President, Administration and Finance, PMT & Associates; and Lecturer, Towson University, Foursite Program. Ms. Cebula began her career as a research writer and editor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and worked with the U.S. Agency if International Development, the American Public Health Association, and the United Nations Children’s’ Fund around issues of international health and community development. Ms. Cebula holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University; has completed extensive post graduate work at the Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health and the School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. Her special interests are in the management of organizations, behavioral change models, and program development.

Ann Daniels

Ann Daniels

Ann's expertise encompasses all areas of supply chain management for the food industry:  purchasing, quality assurance, food safety, distribution, logistics, R&D, and international expansion.  Her professional focus is  the development of  sustainable and socially responsible food supply chains including protocols around treatment of land, people and animals.  She owns a consulting company focused on restaurant chains, and works with executives in the business to adapt and improve their food supply chains.

Ann Daniels

Barry Dornfeld

Barry Dornfeld is a Principal at CFAR, a management consulting firm in Philadelphia, a documentary filmmaker, a media researcher, and an educator. His documentary work includes: "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer," co-produced with the Philadelphia Folklore Project and broadcast in Philadelphia; "LaVaughn Robinson: Dancing History;" "Gandy Dancers," portraying the expressive culture and history of African-American railroad workers in the US, and broadcast nationally on PBS; "Look Forward and Carry on the Past: Stories from Philadelphia's Chinatown," broadcast on WYBE-TV Philadelphia; "Powerhouse for God" and "Plenty of Good Women Dancers: African-American Women Hoofers in Philadelphia." Dornfeld recently co-authored The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, with Mal O'Connor (Public Affairs 2014), and has also published research on media organizations, media reception and cultural performance, including "Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture" (Princeton University Press 1998), an ethnography of a PBS documentary series. After receiving a Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, Dornfeld taught at New York University and chaired the Communication Department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Susan Eleuterio

Susan Eleuterio is a folklorist, educator, and consultant to non-profits. She holds an MA in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY/Oneonta) and a BA in English/Education from the University of Delaware. She is the author of Irish American Material Culture: A Directory of Collections, Sites and Festivals in the United States and Canada (Greenwood Press: 1988) as well as essays in The Encyclopedia of Chicago History, the Encyclopedia of American Folklore and the Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife.

  She has conducted fieldwork and developed public programs including exhibits, performances, folk arts education workshops and residencies in schools, and professional development programs for teachers, students, adults, and artists for schools, museums, arts education agencies and arts organizations across the United States. (Clients and employers include Urban Gateways, Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.), Tompkins County Historical Society in Ithaca NY, the Southern Arts Federation, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Missouri Folk Arts Program, Wisconsin Arts Board, Uptown Center Hull House, and the David Adler Cultural Center.) She formerly served as the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Literature and Presenters Programs for the Illinois Arts Council and as the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry. She was nominated for a Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award and was the recipient of internships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Museum Act.   Eleuterio has extensive experience in grants administration and review and has served on grant review panels in Illinois as well as for other Midwestern states and the National Endowment for the Arts. 



Tiffany Espinosa, MBA, MA

Ms. Espinosa is the assistant dean in the Welch Center for Graduate & Professional studies.  She is also a faculty member in the Cultural Sustainability Program.  Formerly, Ms. Espinosa was as the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver's Managing for Sustainability Program and the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship.  Her research and teaching interests are in community wealth development, capacity building, and public-private partnership. She has created community organizations and developed new programming for organizations in Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois. She has served as a judge for a number of business plan competitions, including those hosted by the William James Foundation, the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, The Future Farmers of America, and the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. She consultants and does public speaking on socially responsible business, entrepreneurship, non-profit business models, and leadership. Ms. Espinosa is working on a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Decision Making and Environmental Justice from from Colorado State University. She received her MBA and a MA in Education from the University of Colorado Denver and an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan.

Robert Forloney

Robert Forloney is currently the Director of Center for Chesapeake Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where he oversees interpretative, academic and exhibition programs. He has worked in the field for almost twenty years- as a teacher for the New York City Museum School as well as an educator, administrator and consultant at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the South Street Seaport Museum. Whether working with an art institution or a history museum, Robert attempts to make objects and images accessible to diverse audiences through facilitating conversations as well as utilizing experiential learning techniques. He also strives to ensure that communities have their voice heard and are empowered by the cultural institutions that attempt to share their stories.

Participating in a leadership capacity, he is also actively engaged with strengthening the field as well as promoting collaboration between institutions and communities. Robert served on the Board for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, an organization which provides a forum for museum educators to address issues of museum and educational interest, exchange and disseminate relevant information, and to explore and implement cooperative programming opportunities. Working with educators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, he created a group called the Museum Access Consortium. These museum professionals and representatives of the disability community are a group that act as an advocate for increased awareness of visitors' needs and seeks to improve accessibility in museums both in terms of the physical environment as well as programming.

Robert has also served as the Education Task Force Co-Chair for the Commissioner's Advisory Council for State and Local History at the New York State Education Department, the Co-Chair of the Volunteer Programs Administrators and is a founding member of the New York State Council for History Education. He currently serves on several grant review panels and as a Board Member for organizations including the Maryland State Arts Council, Stories of the Chesapeake, and Talbot County Arts Council.

He received his undergraduate degree from the New School for Social Research, his teaching certification from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

Rebecca Hill, Ph.D.

Dr. Hill received her doctorate in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and her bachelors in Agricultural Business at Colorado State University. She teaches Community and Economic Development for the MACS program.  Rebecca currently serves as the Coordinator of Community and Economic Assistance with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at Colorado State University.  Rebecca has experience working in economic and community development both domestically and internationally.   She serves on the City of Fort Collins Water Board, where she is the chair of the Legislative, Finance and Liaison Committee.  In Panama Rebecca has worked with a local organization promoting sustainable ecotourism.  She also has worked with women's rights groups on reservations and in Kenya.   Rebecca has also taught Agricultural Marketing and Microeconomics at Colorado State University.


Mary Hufford

Mary Hufford, Ph.D.

Folklorist and independent scholar Mary Hufford has worked over the past three decades in both government and academic settings. Her scholarship, teaching, and writing have centered on the interrelations of social, ecological, and cultural systems, and the formation of democratic public space through community-based, participatory research. As folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (1982-2002) she led regional team fieldwork projects in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the southern West Virginia coalfields. From 2002-2012, she served on the graduate faculty of folklore and folklife at the University of Pennsylvania, directing the Center for Folklore and Ethnography from 2002 to 2008. Her seminars and field practica engaged students in ethnographies of movements for environmental and social justice in Philadelphia neighborhoods and the Central Appalachian coalfields. She is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Guggenheim Fellow.

She has published articles and reviews in both public and academic venues, including Orion Magazine, Gastronomica, the Journal of American Folklore, Southern Quarterly, Cahiers de Litterature Orale, Cornbread Nation, Social Identities, Western Folklore, and the Proceedings of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. Her present writing project, Holding Up the Mountains: An Ecology of Narrative Climax Forests, explores how conversational genres in cross-disciplinary, multi-sectoral communities of inquiry form matrices of democratic public space. For a more complete list of her downloadable publications go to:


Roxanne Kymaani, Ph.D.

Roxanne Kymaani received her doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. She is a Life and Leadership Coach based in San Diego, California, where she works with clients on who they are "being" as a way of developing a new relationship with themselves that offers a new dialogue for how to view and experience the world. She also currently serves as the Executive Director for the Division of Extended Learning at National University. Roxanne is a Certified Core Adjunct Faculty in their Graduate Organizational Leadership program, and an Adjunct Lecturer with University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Roxanne's primary research interests include: liminality, third space identity construction, group dynamics and cultural construction, and leading dialogues.

Patricia Lambert

Ms. Lambert is an independent consultant and works with Principal, RC&D Management, Bel Air, MD, consulting experts in finance and general management.  Cofounder and Senior Vice President, BDMetrics, Inc., Baltimore, MD; Director of Business Operations, Director of Strategic Planning, Fair Issac & Co., San Rafael, CA; Chief Financial Officer, Credit Risk & Management Associates, Baltimore, MD;  Ms. Ourednik obtained a M.S. in Management Information Systems, Florida Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Accounting, University of Baltimore.  Special interest in human capital management, technology and business planning, forecasting and strategic planning, pricing strategies, business process definition and implementation, and contract management and negotiation.

Melissa McLoud, Ph.D.

Dr. McLoud is a public historian and interpretive consultant who has worked for thirty years in museum interpretive planning, exhibition, and program development in Washington D.C and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Most recently she developed and directed the Center for Chesapeake Studies and specializes in the relationship between nature and culture on the Chesapeake Bay. Her areas of expertise include interpretive planning, public history, American landscape, and architectural history, and exhibit development. She has worked in numerous museum settings as well as at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and the National Building Museum, and is extensively experienced in outreach, education, exhibits, and program creation. Previously she taught at Catholic University and George Washington University, and has published extensively in her field. She received her Ph.D. from George Washington University and currently lives in Easton, Maryland.

Rita Moonsammy, Ph.D.

Dr. Rita Moonsammy has been conducting research, teaching, and developing programs for the support of traditional culture for 30 years.  While serving as the state's Folk Arts Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, she was responsible for creating a multifaceted program to work with artists and communities in sustaining their culture.   Her public programming has included exhibits, films ("The Seabright Skiff," "Pinelands Sketches," " Schooners on the Bay"), books (Pinelands Folklife, Passing It On), articles, workshops, conferences, festivals, teacher education, curriculum development, and community cultural planning.  As a consultant, she has worked with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Center for Folklore and Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Network, and New Jersey State Museum, among others, She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught there and at several universities in New Jersey.  Her research interests include semiotics, metaphor and material culture, occupational folklife, food studies, folk art, and narrative.


Lisa Rathje, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Rathje is Director of Folklife Programs with Company of Folk in Chicago, Illinois and consults nationally specializing in ethnographic research and folklife program development. Her areas of interest include the intersection of arts, traditions, and community; with research specializations in Afro-Cuban arts, folklife and education, ethnographic research methodologies, and applying cultural knowledge in social justice efforts.  At Goucher College Rathje teaches Cultural Partnerships and the Cultural Documentation Field Lab.  Working as a folklorist with the Institute for Cultural Partnerships 2006-2010, she administered the Fellowships and Apprenticeships in Folk and Traditional Arts Program for Pennsylvania; including technical assistance, program management, site visits, and documentation. She conceptualized and served as project director 2006-2010 for the successful education program The Art of Many Voices, serving urban youth in Harrisburg's alternative high school.  Since 2006, Rathje has served as oral history advisor and videographer for an on-going research project on Afro-Cuban artist Nancy Morejón and others of her generation. Rathje received her PhD in English with a concentration in Folklore from the University of Missouri. 



Rebecca Saltman

Rebecca has developed a career around social entrepreneurship, community building, public relations, cause marketing and collaboration to facilitate business and community growth.  During her tenure at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Rebecca focused on a partnership with Progress Now and the Daily Kos to develop and implement the BIG TENT, a Bloggers and New Media Headquarters at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.  She funneled her expertise across many disciplines in helping democratize media, providing unprecedented access to over 500 bloggers.  The Tent became the linchpin for the DNC's new media strategy, and has since been chosen for curation in the Smithsonian Institute and Newseum.  Currently Rebecca is the National Community Relations Manager for Dex One, a 1.3 billion dollar company that helps small businesses get found and get chosen!  In her role Rebecca is helping Dex One connect with local businesses through a number of grassroots tactics including social media, webinars and events.

Rebecca is the President and Founder of an independent collaboration building firm designed to bridge business, government and nonprofits and their needs as well as two other "disruptive innovations" that create systemic change.

Guha Shankar, Ph.D.

Dr. Shankar is the Folklife Specialist in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 2003, from the Department of Anthropology, with a concentration in Folklore and Public Culture. He received his M.A., from the University of Texas, Austin in 1996, in Folklore and Public Culture,in the Department of Anthropology. He obtained his B.A.,from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1982, with concentrations in Radio Television and Motion Pictures and Political Science.Dr. Shankar has experience and training in media production, digital assets management, intellectual property and cultural heritage management for traditional communities, public programs and educational outreach (festivals, concerts, symposia and seminars), and teaching documentary field methods for community cultural heritage initiatives. his research interests include diasporic community formations in the Caribbean, ethnographic media, visual representation, and performance studies.

Michael Shepard

Michael Shepard is an anthropologist whose research focuses on documentation and dissemination of endangered indigenous languages.  He primarily works with Coast Salish communities in Washington State where he lives. Michael specializes in linguistic anthropology, ethnography, applied research methods and the application of collaborative Internet technologies. In addition to teaching for MACS, Michael is an instructor for Mohave Community College and an instructional designer at Goucher College, supporting online course design and development. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia and expects to complete his dissertation in 2014. 

Linda Shopes

Linda Shopes works as an independent consultant in oral and public history and developmental editor in humanities fields.  Previously, she worked as a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; as lecturer in American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and, early in her career, as a high school English teacher.

Shopes has more than three decades of experience with oral history including interviewing, project organization and management, and the use and interpretation of oral history in publications and other media.  She has taught oral history at Penn State Harrisburg, been a faculty member at Columbia University's oral history summer institute for many years, and delivered dozens of workshops and lectures on oral history.  She has served on committees developing successive iterations of the Oral History Association's Principles and Best Practices for Oral History and is a past president of the Association.  Her recent publications include edited interviews with Robert Birt, Tom Carney, Jewel Chambers, and the Pats family in Baltimore '68: Riot and Rebirth in an American City, Jessica Elfenbein, Thomas Hollowak, and Elizabeth Nix, eds. (2011); "Editing Oral History for Publication," in Oral History Forum d'histoire orale 31 (2011); Oral History and Public Memories, a collection of original essays coedited with Paula Hamilton (2008); and "Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History," in Handbook of Oral History, Thomas Charlton, Lois Myers, and Rebecca Sharpless, eds. (2006); .  Linda also serves as cogeneral editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Studies in Oral History series ( Shopes has a longstanding interest in the history of Baltimore and has been involved with the Baltimore history community for many years. She is coeditor of The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History (1991). .  She has an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, where she also completed all course work for the Ph.D. 


Rory Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Turner teaches cultural anthropology and is a member of the International Scholars Program faculty at Goucher College. Formerly Program Director for Folk and Traditional Arts and Program Initiative Specialist at the Maryland State Arts Council, he co-founded and directed the Maryland Traditions program from 2000 to 2007. Maryland Traditions developed a robust infrastructure for the study and support of traditional arts and culture in Maryland, including grant programs, research, and partnerships resulting in the creation of cultural sustainability-focused programs at universities, arts councils, and museums throughout the state, and award-winning products such as the "Bridge to Boardwalk" audio journey of Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Turner is former president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, advisor to the American Folklore Society's website, and has participated in national conversations on the future of applied and public folklore under the auspices of the Fund for Folk Culture. Publications include articles, reviews and creative writing in such journals as Folklore Forum, Anthropology and Humanism, and TDR (The Drama Review).  He has served on grant review panels for the City of Baltimore, the Pennsylvania Commission for the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Youngest son of renowned anthropologist, Victor Turner, he is also a musician and founder of the Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society.


Thomas Walker, Ph.D. 
Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Tom Walker is a current faculty member in the MACS Program and teaches courses on environmental sustainability and organizing community.  As an academic trained in anthropology, history, and folklore, he has worked primarily in the public sector. For over twenty years he has been an independent consultant engaged in the culture of work, the working class, and radicalism as an ethnographer, event organizer, and advocate.  He first worked as a folklorist at the South Street Seaport Museum and later as a project director for a regional folklife project at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  As a venture philanthropist, he has served for over twenty years as a trustee to a family foundation which funds research, policy, and projects addressing environmental economics in areas of climate change, energy policy, sustainable fisheries, green taxes, ecosystem services, and ecotourism.  He has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations in the fields of folk culture, environmental health, Greek culture, and documentary film.  As a documentary filmmaker, he is associate producer of an award-winning film about the history of jazz in Washington, DC.  Walker first studied folklore as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and received his PhD in folklore and ethnography with minors in anthropology and history at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Jason Yoon, M.P.A

Mr. Yoon currently serves as the Director of Education at the Queens Museum (QM) in New York City. QM is internationally recognized for its cutting edge efforts in community engagement, diversity and promoting the positive role of art and artists in public life and positive social change. As the Director of Education, Jason oversees the museum's visual arts education programs both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens, such as schools, libraries, and hospitals. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. In his tenure, New Urban Arts was recognized for national excellence by the White House with a Coming Up Taller Award, the Ford Foundation's Artography program for community responsiveness and the United States Department of Education as a model for excellence in high school after-school programs. He has also been a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, taught elementary school art in nonprofit a charter school, founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project, a Bronx-based arts in education non-profit organization. Jason has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Carl Long Dean's Fellow and a Public Service scholarship recipient. He is also a proud graduate of Cooper Union's free visual arts high school outreach programs.