(Washington, DC) The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors: Tony Gittens, Founder and Director, Filmfest DC and Nathan Hoffman, Vice President, Business Banking, Capital One. The new board members serve three-year terms.
“We are very lucky to be benefiting from the expertise that Tony and Nathan bring to the DC Collaborative,” said Jeff Travers, president of the DC Collaborative Board of Directors.
“They represent a mix of experience and fresh perspective and the commitment they bring ushers in a new era of growth that will help us extend our service to our Members and the students of DC,” added Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
Anthony Gittens is Founder and Director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival. Now in its 26th year, Filmfest DC brings the best of new world cinema to the District of Columbia in the spirit of celebration and cooperation.
Mr. Gittens served as Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the official cultural agency of the District of Columbia, from September 1996 to July 2008. The Commission's programs support and promote stability, vitality and diversity of artistic expression in the Nation's Capital. Under his leadership the Arts Commission implemented innovative public art and artist grant programs throughout the city. Mr. Gittens was a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet and represented the city's cultural interests at numerous gatherings and cultural settings. He administered one of the DC Collaborative’s very first grants.
In recognition of his contributions, Anthony Gittens has been presented with numerous awards, including Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, French Ministry of Culture and Communications; the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts; Professor Emeritus of the University of the District of Columbia; Member of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame, and Public Humanist of the Year by the Humanities Council of Washington. He was featured in “Eyes on the Prize II” for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Nathan Hoffman joined Capital One Bank in 2011 after spending the majority of his financial services career at Wachovia-Wells Fargo. His areas of expertise include government contracting, nonprofit, commercial real estate and certified public accountants.
Mr. Hoffman is a liaison to the Board of Directors at YouthQuest Foundation. The mission of the YouthQuest Foundation is to provide scholarships, infrastructure support and life-enriching activities to America’s at-risk youth. Their vision is to help create an America where every at-risk youth can lead a healthy and productive life. They wish to provide Job Skills Training Center where at-risk youth can receive vocational training while continuing their GED studies, attend advanced classes in math, science and technology to excel in today’s advancing vocational environment and learn the critical life skills necessary for long-term success.
Mr. Hoffman is an entrepreneur at heart and has a passion for seeing companies grow while being an active partner through all phases and challenges companies face. Mr. Hoffman lives in Leesburg, VA. with his wife and three children. His hobbies include golf and boxing. He is graduate of Costal Carolina University where he played Division I level baseball.
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than sixty members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student , Professional Development Initiative, and the Arts Education Initiative.