Megan Beyer, Alexandria, Virginia
Megan Beyer is a communications and strategic advisor who has spent much of her career advocating for arts, education and women in the economy. She is a regular panelist on the national PBS program, To the Contrary, and speaks at national and international conferences on leadership. From 2009-2013 Beyer chaired a bilateral women leaders project, Sister Republics, with the US Embassy in Switzerland exploring private sector drivers for gender equality in the workplace. For the past two years she has represented the first global gender equality certification, EDGE Certification.
For ten years Ms. Beyer served on the board of WETA-26 the public television station in Washington, DC. She was a trustee on the national board of Reading is Fundamental, has served on the board of the Virginia Ballet and Theater Four in Richmond, Virginia. During the years the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts was creating the Early Learning Institute, Ms. Beyer served on the Wolf Trap Associates’ Board, breaking previous fundraising records chairing the annual Ball in 1999. From 2004 to 2009 she was Finance Chair of the Virginia Community Colleges System Board. Ms. Beyer serves on the board of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more sustainable local food system in the Washington DC area.
In 1990 the Northern Virginia Urban League presented Ms. Beyer with their Shining Star Award and in 2009 the DC Chapter of Girls, Inc. honored her for helping to build an equitable society. She won the Virginia Associated Press best feature award for Television in 1991 and was nominated that year for a Washington DC Emmy for feature reporting.
An award winning journalist, Ms. Beyer regularly writes for The Huffington Post, Role Reboot, and The SHRIVER Report on the glass ceiling and gender workplace issues. From 1995 to 2005, she anchored and reported for ESPN’s Nation’s Business Today, the USA Network’s First Business. She began her career doing political and general assignment reporting for Media General’s News Channel 8 and the CBS affiliate WTVR Channel Six in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Beyer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond.
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.
Kimber Craine is the Director of Program Initiatives and oversees the National Student Poets Program, Film Forward, Save America’s Treasures and leads PCAH’s cultural tourism efforts. Prior to PCAH, he served as Communications Manager for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and was a project director for several national partnership initiatives.
- Lindsey Clark, Special Assistant to the Executive Director
- Anjali Lalani, Program Assistant
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.
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
- Catherine Frost, Project Specialist
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, Program Assistant