Catherine Peterson has dedicated her career to promoting, supporting and celebrating the arts. Peterson was named ArtsBoston’s Executive Director in 1997. Under her leadership, ArtsBoston has been the recipient of the Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor for the arts. She currently serves on the board of Chorus America, is co-chair of the Boston Arts Service Coalition and a member of the Mass Creative Implementation Team. She is also on the Mayor’s Create Boston Advisory Committee and participates annually in Boston’s City to City Leadership Exchange.
James Bundy is in his tenth year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first nine seasons, Yale Rep produced more than twenty-five world, American, and regional premieres; six of the theatre’s productions have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year, and two plays have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep has also commissioned dozens of artists to write new work, and provided low-cost theatre tickets and classroom visits to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004. Mr. Bundy’s directing credits include productions at Yale Rep, Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. He previously worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival, and as an actor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Drama.
Jon Abbott is President and CEO of WGBH Boston and a leading advocate for public service media nationwide. He joined WGBH as Vice President and General Manager in 1998, became Executive Vice President and COO in 2004, and was named President and CEO in October 2007.
Jeff Poulos is the Executive Director of Associated Grant Makers, the regional association of grant makers for Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Jeff is currently on the board of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and is on the Leadership Team of the national D5 Coalition on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy. Prior to joining AGM in 2010, Jeff served for ten years as Executive Director of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. Jeff has also worked at the Huntington Theatre Company in a number of positions and as General Manager at the New Repertory Theatre. Additionally, Jeff has served as Chair of the Arts Services Coalition of Boston, as Board Treasurer of Massachusetts Advocates for Arts Sciences and Humanities (MAASH-ED), and as a member of The Boston Foundation Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Advisor Corps. In 2007, Jeff was one of 56 arts leaders to attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership-Arts at Stanford University Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation. In 2011, Jeff was awarded the StageSource Theatre Hero Award for his long-time service to the Greater Boston theatre community. Jeff is a resident of Watertown, Massachusetts and a graduate of Ithaca College.
Russell Hornsby stars in NBC’s new fantastical mystery/crime show GRIMM, where he plays homicide detective ‘Hank Griffin,’ and partner of ‘Nick Burkhardt’ (David Giuntoli), who discovers that his family line is rooted in a group of hunters known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. Upon learning that he is the last of his kind, he takes it upon himself to protect human beings from the storybook evil-doers that have infiltrated the real world, all of which is completely unknown to Det. Griffin.
Linda Nathan is the Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education, the professional development, dissemination, and arts advocacy arm of Boston Arts Academy, the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Under Dr. Nathan’s leadership as the founding headmaster, the school has won state, national, and international recognition and awards, and over 94% of graduates go on to college each year. Dr. Nathan is a cofounder and board member of the Center for Collaborative Education, a nonprofit education reform organization, and sits on the board of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked on issues of school reform across the United States as well as in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil. Dr. Nathan has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, “The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test,” which was also published in Spanish.