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Program Director

Resume posted by Reuben Roqueni in Arts and Culture.
Desired salary: $90,000.00
Desired position type: Any.
Location: San Francisco California, United States

(520) 241-4872


Nationally respected arts administrator with over 15 years in progressive program development, management and grantmaking experience.


  • Arts and culture based community development,
  • Equity and inclusion strategies,
  • Outcome focused philanthropy,
  • Strategic planning and facilitation


    Spoken Languages

    • Conversational Spanish,
    • English


    The Evergreen State College – Olympia, WA
    Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts and Ethnic Studies
    See www.evergreen.edu


    Professional Experience

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Menlo Park, California: 2014 – 2017
    Program Officer: My most crucial role as Program Officer was acting as a thought partner, consulting with grantees and other stakeholders to foster sustainable strategies for their operations, programs and services to their communities. My work involved strategic program planning, intensive due diligence and reporting, field research, and relationship building. I worked closely with an internal battery of departments who supported our work, from accounting to grants management to an internal strategic planning team. Likewise, I worked closely with outside consultants providing strategic and financial planning support to grantees.

    As Program Officer, I managed a portfolio of over 70 grants, ranging from the region’s largest organizations with budgets exceeding $100 million to small, $100,000 budget artist driven performing arts companies. Building on my expertise, my portfolio included focused clusters of community-based, culturally specific organizations; and intermediary grantmakers and residency programs, providing support to individual artists and partnering organizations. I also led a team launching an $8 million, 5-year artist commissioning initiative, Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, one of the largest of its kind in the United States, supporting Bay Area non-profit organizations to commission artists from around the world. My work also involved developing strategies for non-profit displacement mitigation; sitting as a member funder for the Arts Loan Fund, providing critical financial support for arts organizations; sitting as an advisor on hiring committees; presenting program strategies in public forums; and working closely with consultants during a 3-year initiative, Audience Research Collaborative, providing support and training to grantees around audience development and community engagement.

    Hewlett Foundation is the largest arts and culture funder in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the largest foundations globally, providing $20 million in support to the arts annually. These grants embrace a wide range of artistic disciplines, aesthetics, and cultural traditions in the areas of dance, media, music, and theater that engage people across diverse communities. See: www.hewlett.org

    Native Arts and Cultures Foundation – Portland, Oregon: 2010 – 2014
    Program Director: As the first Program Director at an emerging foundation, I was the driving force in developing all of the foundation’s programming. My most critical work included conducting field needs assessments to develop our initial and much anticipated support mechanisms. I developed and managed all program strategies. I conducted intensive outreach across the country in rural reservation communities and in urban areas, traveling to over 70 cities, meeting with artists, tribal communities and non-Native partners across the US. I built key relationships with our constituencies and drove program marketing schemes. I supervised a support staff, organized a national convening of Native arts stakeholders, managed all reporting and research projects, built and led 6 local and national funding initiatives providing over $5 million in support to the field, organized and led artist professional development training workshops, and presented foundation programs and the work of grantees at conferences around the country.

    Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is a national philanthropic arts organization serving Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, organizations, and programs. The grantmaking strategies included artist fellowships, focusing on innovation in contemporary and traditional arts practices; project support investing in social justice and community development through the arts; and operating support working in partnership with Native arts service organizations to leverage broader support for the field. See: www.nativeartsandcultures.org

    Tucson Pima Arts Council – Tucson, Arizona: 2005 – 2010
    Grants Program Manager: It is said that in my tenure, I brought stability, focus and vision to a program that was in leadership crisis. As Grants Manager, I supervised all granting processes and oversaw all administration, including a major grants cycle that provided General Operating Support and Project Grants to arts organizations and artists throughout Tucson and Pima County, the largest county and 2nd largest city in Arizona, in a broad based portfolio providing support to more than 80 nonprofit arts organizations and hundreds of individual artists. My duties included managing a 12 member Grants Committee who were advisory to the Board of Directors; assembling and directing a large pool of volunteers in the review of all proposals; providing technical assistance to applicants; and continually evaluating the program criteria, guidelines and processes.

    Tucson Pima Arts Council, now known as Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, is a regional arts service organization funded primarily by the City of Tucson, supporting the region’s vibrant non-profit arts and culture community through grants, technical assistance, professional development, promotion and marketing. The Arts Foundation also manages City and County public art programs, organizes special arts and culture events for residents and visitors, and oversees a roster of teaching artists for schools and community organizations. See: www.artsfoundtucson.org

    Boards and Committees
    • MAP Fund: Current board member. Based in New York City, MAP Fund supports artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape, driven by aesthetically diverse, live performance projects that operate in dialogue with the current socio-political climate. See: www.mapfundblog.org
    • Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA): Former board member. Based in Portland, Oregon, PICA is one of the leading performance arts presenters in the country. Its annual Time Based Arts (TBA) features experimental works in dance, theater, music and visual arts from around the world and is one of the premiere performing arts festivals in the nation. See www.pica.org
    • Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network: Former Leadership Team member. This network is based on the power of art and culture to advance social justice by inspiring collective action across identities, issues, sectors, geographies and power imbalances. The network is unique in bringing together a national cohort of artists, activists, culture bearers and philanthropists.
    See: www.artculturejustic.org
    • The Association of American Cultures (TAAC): Former board member. TAAC is a national cultural equity arts organization convening artists and cultural workers reflective of our pluralistic society to inform and advocate for democratic cultural policies. The bi-annual Open Dialogue is a national conference, which gathers stakeholders to explore case studies, inform each other’s practices and build skills. See www.taac.com
    • Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) – Racial Equity Thought Leadership Forum: Former committee member. This national think tank gathered leadership from arts funders across the country over the course of 3 years to develop strategies to support cultural equity efforts in the arts, including the development of GIA’s Statement of Purpose and Recommendations for Action.
    See: http://www.giarts.org/racial-equity-arts-philanthropy-statement-purpose
    • Right Brain Initiative: Former Governing Committee member. Right Brain Initiative is a local arts in education organization housed at the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon. See www.therightbraininitiative.org
    • Access Tucson: Former board member for Tucson’s local community television and media center. I was Chair of the Grants and Scholarships Committee, Vice Chair of the Fiscal Planning Committee and served on the Strategic Planning Committee in an effort to meet the challenges in expanding media 2.0 environments. See www.accesstucson.org
    • Tucson Artist and Musicians Health Alliance (TAMHA): Co-founder and former board member for an organization bringing affordable health care resources to the community of artists and musicians.

    Arts and Culture Grants Review Panels
    I have served on grants review panels for arts and culture, national to local, for the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, ArtPlace, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), Rasmuson Foundation, Artist Trust, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland), Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Pro Neighborhoods Tucson.