Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a dedicated advocate and champion for equitable access to the arts. Under her leadership the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative has experienced exponential growth, advancement, and opportunity. Business operations are fiscally sound with a 165% budget increase since 2014. During COVID-19 pandemic she has led and helped her remarkable team pivot and expand equitable access services to members and all of DC’s arts and humanities education community. She is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s 2022 White Accomplices for Racial Justice Cohort.
Lissa has promoted and raised support for leading national and local educational programs and cultural institutions including the Future of Music Coalition, American Council for the Arts, MoMA PS1, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Gateway to the Arts Education, Pittsburgh Community Gallery Project for Youth, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass and Light Festival, and the 250th anniversary of the City of Pittsburgh. She is also the creator of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. She served as the National Program Director for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence (now Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence,) where she directed its highly acclaimed ASK and SPEAK UP campaigns, working with American Academy of Pediatricians, Teen People Magazine, Atlantic Records, and the Million Mom March, to prevent and end youth gun violence in America. She has worked extensively in AIDS Walk and Dance-a-thon production, raising millions of dollars and awareness, with particular interest in support to marginalized communities including women and youth, for AIDS service organizations nationwide. Lissa was a Rockwood Leadership Institute Media, Communications, and Information Policy Fellow through the Ford Foundation. Notable past volunteer service includes work with Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, ranking her as one of their top volunteers working to end childhood hunger. She currently serves on the boards of SoCo Arts Lab and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Reach Lissa at Lissa@dccollaborative.org.
Jamila Johnson, Social Media & Communications Consultant
Jamila Johnson has worked as a web content manager and copywriter for nearly 10 years. Throughout her career in digital marketing, she's grown as a writer and communicator, developing a love of UI/UX and great design. She is proud to say she has helped businesses across a variety of industries establish and grow their digital presence through online storytelling and social media.
Jamila earned her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Temple University and she is currently pursuing her MS in Strategic Advertising and Marketing. Reach Jamila at Communications@DCCollaborative.org.
Ashlee McKinnon, Education Programs Manager
Ashlee McKinnon serves as the Education Programs Manager at the DC Collaborative. Ashlee has always connected her passion for arts enrichment and education with the school system, serving as a K-12 Dance Educator and Teaching Artist in the DMV for 10 years, and working with prominent arts organizations such as Dance Place, Story Tapestries, and Imagination Stage, as a champion for equitable youth development and enriching arts programming. Ashlee is an alumnus of the University of Maryland at College Park and Princeton Theological Seminary. Her membership in the Arts Administrators of Color Network and as an ambassador with Arts Education in Maryland Schools shape her perspective on equitable and diverse arts and humanities programming for our future generations. In addition to her professional work, Ashlee is still a performer at heart and continues to hone her craft with BREathe Dance Project and AftaShock DC. She has been blessed to dance on the stages of and create artistic works for Bowie State University, Sitar Arts Center, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in 2020 and a feature on CBS This Morning in 2017. Reach Ashlee at Ashlee@DCCollaborative.org.
Penelope Musto, Education Programs Coordinator
Penelope Musto is the Education Programs Coordinator at the DC Collaborative. Originally from Wisconsin, Penelope comes from a performing arts background with cello as her primary instrument. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Olaf College in 2021, where she performed in and toured with in the St. Olaf Orchestra, and played in a string quartet. After graduating, she has continued to feed her love of music by teaching piano and cello privately.
Penelope is a strong advocate for equity and accessibility in the arts, and the power the arts can have when all people can engage with them. In 2020, she conducted independent research on accessible teaching practices in the arts, during which she collected interviews with arts educators about their experiences with remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interests have led her towards a career in arts administration, and she hopes to continue working for equity and access in the arts through her work at the Collaborative and beyond. Reach Penelope at Penelope@DCCollaborative.org.
Wendy Wang Pisa, Community Engagement Manager
Wendy Wang Pisa came from an art history and education background, having received her M.A. from University College London with a focus on education programming and community engagement. Prior to her time at the Collaborative, Wendy accumulated her experiences working in museums such as the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, the Phillips Collection, the International Spy Museum, and the British Museum. In another life, she was a kindergarten and elementary school classroom teacher in Taipei, Taiwan. Wendy supports and advocates for the positive impact that educators make, whether they take place inside classroom walls, museum walls, theater walls, or outside of the likes. She strives to build bridges between people through the arts and humanities. Reach Wendy at Wendy@DCCollaborative.org.
Hannah Slattery, Education Programs Consultant
As theEducation Programs Consultant, Hannah manages the Teaching Artist Fellowship program, composes the Teaching Artist Newsletter, and supports the work of implementing DC Collaborative's Education Programs.
Raised in Bowling Green, KY and currently based in Dublin Ireland, Hannah recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from University College Dublin with a master's degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. Prior to graduate school, Hannah was performing internationally as a professional dancer. Dance has been the centre of her life since he was three years old, and led her to Western Kentucky University where studied the art form, as well as Performing Arts Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2014. Highlights from Hannah’s career as a dancer and arts manager include Wicklow Screendance Laboratory (Ireland), Premium Projects (Doha, Qatar), and Celebrity Cruises. Hannah is passionate about arts education, inclusivity, and accessibility, and enjoys teaching at her mom’s dance studio whenever she is home. Reach Hannah at Hannah@DCCollaborative.org.
Lauren Walker, Education Programs Assistant
Lauren Walker serves as the Education Programs Assistant at the DC Collaborative. Originally from Maryland, Lauren comes from a performing arts background, having started out with piano at the age of six, and eventually switching to the flute. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Richmond in 2019, where she was a flutist in the University’s Wind Ensemble. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren is a supporter of education in the arts and humanities, and seeks to explore the role of the arts and humanities in strengthening connections with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Reach Lauren at Lauren@DCCollaborative.org.
Elizabeth Winkelhoff, Assessment and Evaluation Associate
Elizabeth Winkelhoff is the Assessment and Evaluation Associate at the DC Collaborative. Originally from New York, she grew up going to museums and theater performances and has been passionate about equitable access in arts education ever since. Elizabeth graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a degree in Archaeology, participating in multiple research studies with a focus in bioarchaeological analysis. Previously, she has worked at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and taught abroad. She advocates for arts and humanities education and strives to apply her skills in data synthesis to support community building and education outreach. Outside of Elizabeth’s work at the DC Collaborative, she is a bookbinder and textile artist with a particular love for embroidery. Reach Elizabeth at Elizabeth@DCCollaborative.org.
Tracey Wyton, Deputy Director
Tracey Wyton is the Deputy Director 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 and 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 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. Reach Tracey at Tracey@dccollaborative.org.
Consultants and Advisors
Danielle Boyce, DC Collaborative Data Science Advisor
Danielle Boyce is a researcher, public speaker, and patient advocate. Her work has appeared in dozens of scientific journals and her children’s book, Charlie’s Teacher, is used in children’s hospitals throughout the country. She has worked with academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofits, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Danielle holds positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Precision Medicine Center of Excellence. She is the Director of Research at the Gould Syndrome Foundation, serving as the principal investigator of their patient registry. She is also a scientific advisor to the Cure Mito Foundation. Danielle has a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and Doctor of Public Administration. In her spare time, Danielle is an avid reader, crafter, and museum visitor, and volunteers her data science skills to cultural organizations. She recently completed a study exploring the organizational resilience of cultural organizations during COVID-19.
Darren Cook, HR Consultant
Darren Cook is DC Collaborative’s human resources consultant. He is the Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer at Covenant House Greater Washington DC. Previous HR posts include DCPS and Howard University.
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
National Museum of Natural History, A Smithsonian Institution
Audit and accounting professional
Laura Sprinkle Byerly
The Washington Lawyers' Committee
Calvert County Public Schools
National Geographic Society
E. Ethelbert Miller
Writer, Literary Activist
The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group
Samantha Wyer Bello
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
DC Public Schools
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, founding board chair
A Graham Down*
Derek E. Gordon*
L. Lawrence Ricco
Maurice R. Sykes