Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director
Lissa is a nationally-recognized 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. Under Lissa’s leadership, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative has experienced exponential growth, advancement and opportunity for the past six years. Business operations are fiscally sound with a remarkable 165% budget increase since 2014. During the COVID19 pandemic she has led an intact and expanded team to pivot work in service to DC’s arts and humanities education community. Dedicated to social change and community engagement, Lissa actively promote equitable access to arts and humanities education. With solid background in team-based work, and recognizing talents and assets of staff and stakeholders, she enthusiastically and respectfully leads community engagement. As an accomplished leader and convener, along with the DC Collaborative team established a field-trip lottery model to equitably provide underserved schools— an increase from 20,000 to 50,000 students annually. Recognizing need for greater story-telling for arts and humanities educators with DC Collaborative team established the DC Collaborative StoryBank and videos by Stone Soup Films which tell the story of DC Collaborative and its members. A veteran arts and youth advocate, Lissa testifies regularly before DC Council to support increased and sustained arts and humanities education funding. Under her direction and recognizing need to formalize its collective impact work, DC Collaborative was awarded two consecutive National Endowment for the Arts collective Impact grants which created pathway for the District of Columbia to become the 25th Any Given Child community, providing backbone support to more than 85 stakeholders, by The Kennedy Center. Greater recognition for the DC Collaborative includes securing two consecutive award cycles from the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington DC recognizing DC Collaborative as one of “DC’s best small nonprofit organizations.” Current interests foster community conversations about what it means to be a national cultural organization serving local audience, and how cultural organizations present history in contemporary cultural context.
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 with PAX she directed its highly acclaimed national public health grassroots campaigns ASK and SPEAK UP working with American Academy of Pediatricians, students, parents, musicians and media to prevent 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. You can reach Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe at Lissa@dccollaborative.org.
Tracey Wyton, Deputy Director of Community Engagement
Tracey Wyton is the Deputy Director of 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 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. You can reach Tracey at Tracey@dccollaborative.org.
Wendy Wang Pisa, Community Partnerships Manager
After nearly a year of coordinating education programming assessment and managing various projects for the DC Collaborative, Wendy Wang Pisa is now growing into her new role as the Manager of Community Partnerships. Wendy came from an art history and education background, having received her M.A. from University College London with a focus on museum education programming and community partnerships. Prior to her time here, Wendy accumulated her experiences working in Education at the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, the Phillips Collection, the International Spy Museum, and the British Museum. And in another previous life, she was a kindergarten and elementary school classroom teacher in Taiwan. Wendy has immense respect for the work that all educators do, whether they teach inside classroom walls, museum walls, theater walls, or the likes. Her passion lies in building bridges between the people and ideas inside these very walls. You can reach Wendy at Wendy@DCCollaborative.org.
Ashlee McKinnon, School Partnerships Manager
Ashlee McKinnon serves as the School Partnerships 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 in the DMV for 10 years. She has worked with and alongside prominent arts organizations in the area, 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, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Master of Divinity degree respectively. 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, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Sitar Arts Center, and a feature on CBS This Morning in 2017. You can reach Ashlee at Ashlee@DCCollaborative.org.
Anthony Setari, Assessment/ Evaluation Consultant
Anthony Setari, Ph.D. is a Consultant with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. Dr. Setari holds a doctorate in Education Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky, and specializes in the evaluation of non-traditional education settings and in the development and validation of unique measures for these evaluations. Dr. Setari is currently an Assistant Professor of Education Research at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina and was formerly a Data Fellow with the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research. For the DC Collaborative, Dr. Setari supports the assessment, evaluation, and data work of the organization and currently serves as the co-chair of the Assessment and Evaluation committee for Any Given Child DC. He is currently supporting the development of the shared measurement tools for arts education using a social and emotional learning framework. You can reach Anthony at Anthony@DCCollaborative.org.
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
National Museum of Natural History, A Smithsonian Institution
National Geographic Society
Retired, DCPS Teacher
Calvert County Public Schools
E. Ethelbert Miller
Writer, Literary Activist
The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group
The Washington Lawyers' Committee
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