Holding on to What We’ve Got: New Approaches to Retaining Emerging Arts Leaders in the Field

Tuesday, March 1, 2:00 EDT/ 11:00 PDT [PASSED]
Jeanne Sakamoto, Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation
Marc Vogl, Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Session 1 of the 9-part  2011 Web Conference Series
A recording of this presentation is available here.


In late 2009, amidst a challenging economic environment, the Hewlett and Irvine Foundations jointly invested nearly $1 million to keep smart, talented, motivated young professionals in the arts sector. In this webinar, a web-friendly reprisal of a popular GIA 2010 Conference session, Hewlett and Irvine program officers will share their research on developing and retaining next generation arts leaders and describe their collaborative approach to supporting leadership networks and capacity building at arts organizations in California.

Those tuning in are encouraged to share their expertise, experience, and perspectives on this topic and to respond to the Hewlett/Irvine findings and grantmaking strategies.

Presenter Bios:
Jeanne Sakamoto was appointed senior program officer of The James Irvine Foundation in 2007, having previously served as program officer and program associate since joining the Foundation in 2004. Prior to Irvine, Jeanne worked six years at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers in the U.S. She worked at JACCC as a J. Paul Getty grant multicultural intern, program assistant, donor and community relations manager, assistant to the president, and most recently as director of special initiatives, where she directed the planning and execution of major community development projects and communications activities. Jeanne holds a B.A. in Communications Studies with a specialization in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University's Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.
Marc Vogl is a program officer at Hewlett Foundation managing grants to Bay Area arts organizations and developing strategies to promote next generation leadership. A co-chair of the city of Oakland’s Cultural Commission’s Funding Advisory Committee and a member of the Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund, he has served on the San Francisco Arts Task Force and Barack Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee. Prior to working in philanthropy, Marc worked for over a decade with artists and performing arts groups in the Bay Area as an actor, director, and founder of the sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster and the Hi/Lo Film Festival. He produced award-winning short films and new plays as executive director of Lobster Theater Project, a multi-disciplinary San Francisco nonprofit arts organization. Marc received the 2010 Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts for his efforts to support young arts leaders and is a contributor to the GIA Reader and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He received bachelor degrees from Brown University and a M.A. in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and 9-month old son.