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 Lissa@dccollaborative.org.
Tracey Wyton, Director of Programs and Community Engagement
Tracey Alperstein Wyton is the Program Director at the DC Collaborative. Tracey is the primary contact for the Arts for Every Student and Professional Development programs and serves as the liaison between the DC public and public charter schools and the DC Collaborative's cultural institution members in order to provide the best possible arts and humanities education experiences for students. 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 on campus. Throughout the tenure of her studies she realized the need to support and promote the arts and arts education. Post graduation, Tracey enrolled in the Masters of Science in Arts Administration program at Shenandoah University and managed the conservatory’s box office. Tracey joined the DC Collaborative team in June 2012 and continues to be invigorated by the teachers, members and dedicated board and staff that are incredibly supportive of arts and humanities education in the DC region. You can reach Tracey at Tracey@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
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
National Geographic Society
Rosenbaum & Associates
Corporate Strategy Business Development Consultant
Gerald Boyd, Sr. Ed.D.
Sky Real Estate
National Gallery of Art
Shakespeare Theatre Company
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group
Hardy Middle School
National Museum of Natural History, A Smithsonian Institution
Joy Ford Austin
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, founding board chair
A Graham Down*
Derek E. Gordon*
L. Lawrence Ricco
Maurice R. Sykes