GIA Transition Information

President & CEO Edwin Torres

The Grantmakers in the Arts office in Seattle will officially close on December 31, 2017, and a new office will open in New York City in January 2018. As part of our commitment to communities and racial equity, we are thrilled to announce that we have signed a lease on a new office space in the South Bronx, a predominantly ALAANA community. We will be located in a part of the Melrose section of the Bronx called The Hub, an area with a vibrant arts community, one block from the soon-to-be-developed Roberto Clemente Plaza.

Grantmakers in the Arts has selected Eddie Torres, former deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as the new president & CEO. Eddie also served on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. 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.

Grantmakers in the Arts also welcomes incoming deputy director & director of programs, Nadia Elokdah. Nadia is currently special projects manager with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs coordinating the City’s monuments commission. Prior, she served as coordinator in the development of the City’s first cultural plan, CreateNYC.

More information will be released as we continue to build our New York team and settle into our new office.

See the following announcements to learn more about the GIA transition: