Jane Preston, New England Foundation for the Arts

TITLE: Deputy Director

FUNDING AREAS: Dance, theater, music, visual arts

CONTACT: JPreston@NEFA.org, (617) 951-0010 ext. 520

PROFILE: Jane Preston is deputy director for the New England Foundation for the Arts. Her bio, provided to Boston University for an arts administration symposium there, states:

Jane Preston serves as Director of Programs at New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). In this role, she provides leadership and oversight in program design and delivery and advises on the administration of NEFA grant processes. One of her priorities is to focus specifically on the direction, quality, integration, and results of the NEFA’s research projects, and to assure that evaluation and research are integrated into all of the organization’s programs and activities. Externally, Jane works with and builds relationships with grantees and other partners.

Jane has over twenty-five years of professional experience in the cultural and nonprofit community, with emphasis on working at the intersection of public and private initiatives; addressing issues of the arts and community development; and creating new partnerships and resources. As a consultant, she has focused on strategic planning, organizational development and grants program design and evaluation. Clients have included the National Endowment for the Arts, state and local arts agencies, and community based cultural organizations across the U.S. As Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, her research projects explored relationships between nonprofit organizations and their funders, future directions in philanthropy, and leadership challenges of museums. She established and directed the Cultural Facilities Fund in Chicago. At the Illinois Arts Council, Jane created the Building by Design grants program which won an NEA Presidential Design Award. She subsequently served as Deputy Director for Partnership, responsible for supervising design and administration of ten grants programs. Jane has served on NEA Challenge Grant, Design Arts and Opera-Musical Theater panels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.