Maud Lyon is President of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, a national leader in arts and culture advocacy and research.
Previously, she founded and led CultureSource, a professional association of arts and culture nonprofits in Detroit and southeast Michigan. Ms. Lyon has broad experience in organizing collaborations and in forming strategic alliances with diverse organizations.
Ms. Lyon has a broad perspective on arts and culture, on what it takes for nonprofits of various disciplines to thrive, and on the role that culture plays in the community. She began her career in history museums, and she was the Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Museum from 1990-99. She led Detroit’s Tricentennial celebration in 2001, organizing year-long activities that involved hundreds of organizations, attracted millions of participants, and created legacies of public art and an urban park. As Senior Vice President for Community Relations for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2003, she worked on a public tax campaign and the launch of a new performing arts center.
Ms. Lyon has consulted with a wide range of cultural institutions on development and strategic planning. She facilitated the merger of four nonprofits to form the Belle Isle Conservancy to support Detroit’s 985-acre island park, guiding the Conservancy through its merger, launch, and start-up phases.
Ms. Lyon has a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University, a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a post-graduate certificate in museum administration from the Museum Management Institute of the Getty Trust.
Robert J. Orchard
In October 2009, acclaimed theatre producer and educator Robert J. Orchard became Emerson College’s first Executive Director for the Arts and the Stephen G. Langley Chair in Theater Management and Production.
Previously, Mr. Orchard was Managing Director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and School of Drama, where he also served as associate professor and co-chair of the MFA Theatre Administration Program. Following his time at Yale, Mr. Orchard was the Founding Managing Director of the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) and subsequently Executive Director. He was also the architect for the A.R.T. Training Institute and its relationship with the Moscow Art Theatre School, as well as Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard. Over a 30-year tenure at the A.R.T., Mr. Orchard produced more than 200 works (the vast majority of which were premieres) and collaborated with many of the world's most respected directors, playwrights, and composers.
Mr. Orchard has served as chairman of both the Theatre and the Opera/Musical Theatre Panels at the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as on numerous other national and local boards. In 2000, Orchard received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. Recently, he received the Moscow Art Theatre's highest award for Distinguished Service the Morozov Diamond Award.
Jason D. Palmquist
Jason D. Palmquist is Executive Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He joined the organization in May 2007, after serving the arts community in Washington, D.C., for nearly 15 years.
Mr. Palmquist began his career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, completing his tenure there as Vice President of Dance Administration. There he oversaw multiple world-premiere engagements of commissioned works in dance, the formation and growth of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the inception in 1997 of the Millennium Stage. Mr. Palmquist also managed the Kennedy Center’s television initiatives, including the creation of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and a prime-time special on NBC memorializing the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
In 2004, he accepted the position of executive director at the Washington Ballet. Under his leadership, the company presented full performance seasons annually at the Kennedy Center and the Warner Theater, and nurtured its world-renowned school and extensive education programs.
A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Palmquist currently serves on the boards of the Arts Alliance of Illinois and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Joan Reilly is a seasoned leader who has dedicated her career to building cross-sector partnerships that serve the greater good. Throughout her rich history of work with the nonprofit and public sectors, she has built collaborations that make seemingly impossible things possible. She is a strategic thinker with the ability to help organizations and alliances create a shared vision, develop clear strategies, and secure the necessary resources to achieve their mission.
Ms. Reilly joined the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP) in November 2010 to serve as its Chief Operating Officer. The mission of MAP is to use participatory public art as a way to transform place, people, and systems. In her role as COO, Ms. Reilly partners with the Executive Director Jane Golden to oversee the operations of a $10 million public art organization. She managed the most recent strategic planning process conducted by the DeVos Institute for MAP and is leading its implementation. She is a dedicated practitioner of “the Cycle” that provides the framework for MAP’s next chapter. Ms. Reilly also serves as the President of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates and, in this role, is responsible for board operations and development.
Prior to her work with MAP, Ms. Reilly served as a Director with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). In this capacity she developed innovative programs that turned neighborhood liabilities (abandoned parcels of blighted land) into thriving green assets (parks and community gardens). She played a key role in role in the creation of collaboration between the Philadelphia Department of Park and Recreation, PHS, and various community organizations and residents. This collaboration was nationally recognized as a model for private/public partnership. Additionally, Ms. Reilly has served as a consultant and framer of a wide range of organizations in the areas of civic engagement, leadership, development, strategic planning, and advocacy.
Casey Reitz currently serves as the Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Mr. Reitz is responsible for leading all administrative efforts, including a $60 million capital campaign to acquire and renovate the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.
Prior to coming to Second Stage, Mr. Reitz was the Director of Development at The Public Theater, where he was responsible for contributed revenue, which represented 70 percent of the Public’s annual $21 million budget. He was also responsible for a $35 million capital campaign to renovate the Public’s historic headquarters at 425 Lafayette Street.
Mr. Reitz has also served as the Director of Individual Giving at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Director of Development at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, and a Consultant for Webb Management Services, a New York-based arts management consulting firm. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Brooklyn College, New York University, and the University of Alabama. He holds a MFA in theater management from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Alabama.
Joan Rosenbaum is Director Emerita of The Jewish Museum in New York, where she was the CEO for 30 years.
Focusing the Museum’s identity as an art museum presenting Jewish culture from ancient times to the present—as well as overseeing both major endowment and capital campaigns—Ms. Rosenbaum’s tenure was a period of significant growth during which the institution grew from a budget of $1 million to $18 million. She was responsible for creating many critically acclaimed exhibitions, catalogs, and education programs, as well as adding significantly to the Museum’s world class collection.
Prior to The Jewish Museum, Ms. Rosenbaum held positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the New York State Council on the Arts. She is currently an arts management consultant, as well as a volunteer tutor; trustee of Artis, an organization that nurtures the careers of contemporary Israeli artists; and an active member of both The New School’s Institute for Retired Professionals and The Century Association.
Ms. Rosenbaum did undergraduate and graduate work at Boston University and Hunter College, and she received a certificate in not-for-profit management from Columbia University. Her honors and awards include recognition from the Ministries of Culture of Denmark and France.