GIA Staff

Jan Bailie
Director of Finance & Operations
Jan Bailie has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit arena serving as director of finance and operations for agencies with budgets up to $10 million. Additionally, she has significant private sector financial management experience including serving as a CFO. Actively involved in planning and implementing the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation, she was responsible for merging all financial records, consolidating client and donor information, and providing oversight of the renovation effort of two buildings to accommodate over 100 newly integrated staff members. Experienced in developing information and technology infrastructure and facility maintenance, she served for two years as the Deputy Director of the Lifelong Aids Alliance. Jan has a degree in Information Systems Management, and prior experience in graphic art development.
Noah Barnes
Membership Manager
Noah Barnes joined Grantmakers in the Arts in 2012 with eight years of non-profit development and communications experience. He most recently worked for four years at the Frye Art Museum, where he helped expand their fundraising and online communications programs. Previously, he spent four years coordinating events and communications at Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Noah graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Sociology and volunteers his time for various causes.
Janet Brown
President & CEO
Janet Brown is a nationally known consultant, speaker and teacher. Prior to her leadership role in Grantmakers in the Arts, she was an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD teaching Public Policy and the Arts and Chair of Performing and Visual Arts at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She began her arts management career in theatre where her work included Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and national and European theatrical tours. She began her theatre career as an actress at the Black Hills Playhouse and was co-owner of the Deadwood Production Company for ten years. A registered lobbyist for 15 years, she was executive director of South Dakotans for the Arts, a statewide service, education and advocacy organization. Janet received numerous awards for arts advocacy including the Selena Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC, and the Robert Gard Award from the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service (AES), Amherst. She's served on many local and national boards of directors including Americans for the Arts and the American Folklife Center and has been a panelist and site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and several state arts agencies. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Masters of Public Administration.
SuJ'n Chon
Program Manager
SuJ’n Chon joined GIA in 2014 after working two decades in community development and human services in the South and in Washington State. Since returning to Seattle in 2001, she directed an anti-hunger coalition, an immigrant-serving housing agency, and more recently, managed the City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund and P-Patch Community Gardening programs. SuJ’n is a writer, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist. In 2010, she co-founded IDEA Odyssey, a non-profit collective of emerging visual artists whose work focuses on diversity, culture, and identity. SuJ’n is adjunct faculty at University of Washington's School of Social Work; she is also an avid mountaineer, trip leader, and outdoor safety instructor.
Steve Cline
Web & Knowledge Manager
Since moving to Seattle in 2000 to pursue opportunities in digital publishing, Steve has served as Web and Print Publications Editor for Earshot Jazz, a non-profit arts presenter, and as a Premedia Coordinator for R.R. Donnelley. Steve has a B.A. in Music Performance from Wichita State University and performs regularly in a jazz trio around Seattle. He also operates a letterpress studio using century-old equipment he brought with him from Kansas.
Kathy Lindenmayer
Director of Development & Membership
Kathy came to GIA in 2011 with nearly twenty years of non-profit arts management and fundraising experience at such organizations as the Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Spoleto Festival USA. Named a 2010 Culture Maker by City Arts magazine, Kathy also curates visual arts exhibitions; co-produces the Rock Lottery, a regular music event in Seattle, Denton, Texas, and Brooklyn, New York; has served on the Board of Spectrum Dance Theater; and volunteers widely.
Jim McDonald
Deputy Director & Director of Programs
Jim McDonald's career in the arts has encompassed being a grantmaker, curator, arts administrator and art consultant. He has previously served as Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Public Art Director for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Curator of the Safeco Art Collection. He was Manager of Cultural Programs for the City of Kent, Washington, curator at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington and also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied architecture in the graduate program at the University of Washington. He was a Fellow in the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. Jim was a founding board member of 4Culture, and vice-chair of the board for Artist Trust. He presently serves on the board of The Henry Art Gallery and is on advisory committees for WESTAF and ArtsFund.
Monica Thomas
Communications & Publications Manager
Monica Thomas is an artist and writer with a passion for education and social justice. She comes to GIA with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit communications and advocacy. Monica holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington and served most recently as Marketing Communications Manager at Nature Consortium. She is an active board member of Minor Arcana Press and dedicates her time to elevate the work of underrepresented artists.
Monica Thomas
Incoming President & CEO
Edwin Torres joined GIA in October 2017. He most recently served as deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. Torres has a strong and diverse history in arts philanthropy. Prior to joining the NYC Cultural Affairs office, he was an associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation and director of external partnerships for Parsons School of Design at The New School. He has also served on the arts and culture team at Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of Bronx Council on the Arts. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.