Executive Director

The Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is presidentially appointed and will be determined by the Trump Administration.


John Abodeely serves as the Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, handling operations, finance, and program expansion, while also supporting major fundraising activities. His experience includes trans-institutional programs, community and school district planning, nonprofit performance coaching, and social sector innovation.

Anjali Lalani is the Program Manager for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She holds a master's degree in arts management from American University and has an extensive background in arts education administration.


VACANT, the Director of Program Initiatives identifies local and national partners and collaborators for the Committee's ongoing programs and special initiatives. By compiling historical documents and tracking the Committee’s activities and accomplishments throughout its tenure, the Director of Program Initiatives is responsible for communicating the Committee’s importance to partners, funders, and other internal and external stakeholders. Further, the Director evaluates and recommends program strategies, based on their understanding of the interests of the Committee’s public and private partners.

VACANT, the Special Assistant to the Executive Director provides essential support to the operations of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The individual plans and executes high-level events and meetings for Committee Members and VIPs, including events at the White House, prepares correspondence of importance to the Committee’s mission, and assists in the management of budget and fiscal procedures within the federal partner agencies. The Special Assistant manages the Executive Director’s calendar and travel arrangements and conducts background research to prepare the Executive Director for meetings with current and potential funders and other Committee partners. 

Turnaround Arts

Kathleen Fletcher is the National Director of Turnaround Arts. She has worked in many aspects of social justice and civil rights in the private, non-profit, and government sectors, and was most recently President of Fletcher Group Inc., a firm whose clients included True2o, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and The Atlantic Council of the United States.

Anthony Barbir serves as the Program Manager for Turnaround Arts: National. Before coming to Turnaround Arts, he worked in the education division of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, supporting national programs such as the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, Partners in Education, and Any Given Child.


Jonae Davis is the Program Coordinator for Turnaround Arts: National.

Kathryn Mayo-Hudson is the Director of Education for Turnaround Arts. A long-time teacher and literacy coach, she has designed curriculum for several nonprofits and publishers and recently cofounded Scoop on Schools, a Portland-based website dedicated to informing parents about local and national educational issues.


Emily Pytell is the Early Childhood Education Specialist with the Turnaround Arts program. Her experience with some of the lowest-performing schools in New Orleans lead her and  a few other educators to found the ReNEW Charter Network where she served as the assistant principal and director of interventions for several years at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy.


National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards

Traci Slater-Rigaud is the Director of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (NAHYP). Prior to joining the President’s Committee, Traci served as Public Programs Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Curator of Education at the Miami Art Museum. She also worked as the Program Coordinator for Arts in Education at the National PTA.


Joelle Luongo is the Program Assistant of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Her professional experience includes her work as an office administrator at Callahan Consulting for the Arts and as an assistant in the Office of Finance at the University of Puget Sound. She has interned with nonprofit arts organizations such as the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, and METHOD Gallery.