Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director

As Executive Director of the DC Collaborative, Lissa works with the staff, members, and board to ensure the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and objectives. Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a dedicated champion of the arts and an arts education advocate committed to improving the lives of youth and artists through public access, community engagement and public heath campaigns. She has promoted and raised support for many leading national and local educational and cultural institutions including the Future of Music Coalition where as Executive Director she led advocacy initiatives and organizational optimization at the intersection of music, technology and public policy. She was Director of Programs for the American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts) where she first coordinated the National Coalition for Education in the Arts along with spearheading national Arts Advocacy Day and the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and served as Development Director of the PS1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1,) as well as the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Her past work on behalf of art, culture and youth also includes public relations and fundraising consultation to youth and cultural programs in Pittsburgh for Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Community Gallery Project, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass and Light, and the 250th anniversary of the City of Pittsburgh.

As part of her public health and social justice advocacy, she served as the National Program Director for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence (now a program of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence). While there she directed its highly acclaimed national public health campaigns ASK and SPEAK UP dedicated to reducing youth gun violence in America. She has also worked extensively in AIDS Walk and Dance-a-thon fundraising event production, raising millions of dollars and awareness for AIDS service organizations nationwide. Her past volunteer service dedicated to youth includes work with Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation program, ranking her among their most effective national volunteers working to end childhood hunger.  Ms. Rosenthal-Yoffe is no stranger to the arts community. She is dedicated to social change and actively promotes high quality public arts education for all children. As an accomplished leader and communicator, she has used her voice to advocate for countless charities and causes across the United States. You can reach Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe at

Tracey Wyton, Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Tracey Wyton is the Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the DC Collaborative and directs the organization's Membership Services, Collective Impact Initiatives and Programs. Committed to the mission of providing equitable access to arts and humanities education for all students, Tracey is invigorated by her work with DC Collaborative members, educators, administrators, families who are working together to impact the lives of students through arts and humanities education. She began her tenure at the DC Collaborative in June 2012 as the Program Manager of School Services and managed the Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development programs.

Tracey graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Production and Recording Technology with a classical emphasis and played oboe in the orchestra and wind ensemble. Tracey has been a longtime arts and arts education advocate and completed a Masters of Science in Arts Administration program at Shenandoah University to focus her career on supporting and advocating for arts and humanities education. She also managed the conservatory box office while she was pursuing her Masters. Tracey continues to be inspired by educators, members and dedicated board and staff who are incredibly supportive of arts and humanities education in the DC region. You can reach Tracey at

Rebekka Nickman, Program Manager

Rebekka Nickman is the Program Manager at the DC Collaborative. Rebekka is the primary contact for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development Programs. In this capacity she serves as the liaison between the DC public and public charter schools and the DC Collaborative’s cultural institution members to ensure the best possible field-trip experiences for students, and continued learning for educators.

Prior to joining the DC Collaborative team, Rebekka received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and served as an intern at the Kennedy Center. Rebekka is a passionate advocate for arts education and is inspired by the DC Collaborative’s mission of equity. You can reach Rebekka at


Board Members

While membership may vary, the Board of Directors of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative strives to maintain representation from every sector of Washington, DC’s broad and diverse community. Every effort is made to maintain a Board that reflects the ethnic, age, gender and overall diversity of the populations we serve.

List of Current Board Members

Linda Donovan Harper
LHarper & Associates

Nik Apostolides
Vice President 
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Greg McGruder
Vice President 
National Geographic Society

Susan Rosenbaum
Rosenbaum & Associates

Susana Florian
Corporate Strategy Business Development Consultant


Gerald Boyd, Sr. Ed.D.
DB Consulting

Cher Castillo 
Sky Real Estate

Sarah Durkee
National Gallery of Art

Chris Jennings
Shakespeare Theatre Company

Jeanette McCune
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Monroe
The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group

Patricia Pride
Hardy Middle School

Barbara Stauffer
National Museum of Natural History, A Smithsonian Institution


Ex-Officio Members

Joy Ford Austin
Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative


Emeritus Members

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, founding board chair
Jade Royd
A Graham Down*
Anne Corbett
Derek E. Gordon*
Mary Hallsy
Dawn McAndrews
Patricia Mitchell
L. Lawrence Ricco
Maurice R. Sykes
Jeffrey Travers
Allen Weinstein*


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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY17 partner grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.