Victoria Bergeron

Research Associate

Victoria Bergeron began with the Institute in 2015 as an intern working on its domestic capacity building programs. Shortly after, Ms. Bergeron was invited to join the Institute’s team in a full-time capacity where she served as a Programs and Grants Assistant for both national and international capacity building programs. She then served as Executive Coordinator to Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser, while supporting senior staff in delivering training and consultation to national and international clients. Most recently, Ms. Bergeron accepted a position within the company as a Research Associate for the Institute’s consulting services.

She has a background in the performing arts, and returns annually to serve as a Summer Festival Co-Manager for the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. She received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Marie Gossman

Manager, Capacity Building Programs

Marie Gossman serves as the Coordinator for the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) II Program. In addition, she manages both national and international capacity building programs in partnership with foundations, universities, and government authorities. These initiatives provide specialized training and support to arts and cultural organizations acros

s the United States and worldwide. She also manages leadership training programs for the Institute including the biennial Board Development Intensive in Washington, D.C., and the annual InterACT Arts Leadership Intensive in partnership with the Orange County School of the Arts.

Ms. Gossman has a background in corporate event production and theatre company management. As an event producer for Live Marketing, a boutique marketing agency in Chicago, she traveled the country from 2012 through 2015 managing the production of experiential corporate events and trade show marketing programs for high-profile clients.

Prior to Live Marketing, Marie served as a Management Associate for Davenport Theatrical in New York City, and from 2009 through 2012 was the Group Sales Director and Company Manager of The Awesome 80’s Prom off-Broadway. Ms. Gossman also worked on the documentary These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue in 2008, served as an associate for Godspell on Broadway in 2011, and assisted with the creation of the Be A Broadway Star board game, released in 2012.

She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Syrah Gunning

Director, Training, Research, and Development

Syrah Gunning leads the curriculum development and evaluation efforts of the Institute's training programs, inclusive of domestic and international capacity building programs, fellowships, internships, and the Institute's new research oriented explorations at the University of Maryland. Ms. Gunning began with the Institute in 2011 managing the Institute's mid-career training programs at the Kennedy Center including domestic and international fellowship programs and the Kennedy Center's internship program. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Gunning produced marketing and fundraising events for The Baltimore Museum of Art and Feats Inc., a national event consulting firm, as well as consulted on research and evaluation engagements with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and National Arts Strategies. Ms. Gunning received her MBA from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's degree in theatre from Florida State University.

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Lucy Pope Doughty

Manager, Consulting Services

Lucy Doughty serves as the primary project manager for the Institute's portfolio of pay-for-service consultancies and provides research, internal assessment, and strategy development support for clients across a range of arts and cultural industries. Lucy has a background in visual arts, serving as the Collections Manager and Archivist at Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland, as well as supporting the Biltmore House, Newseum, Reynolda House, and Earl Scruggs Center. She received her master's degree in history of decorative art from the Smithsonian-Corcoran College of Art + Design program with a focus on 19th-century American furniture, as well as a bachelor's degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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Tanya Surtees

Director, Capacity Building Programs

Tanya Surtees first came to America in 2008 when she became one of two South Africans to be awarded a three-year International Summer Arts Management Fellowship under Michael Kaiser’s leadership at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After handing over the executive leadership of FTH:K, her theatre company co-founded in South Africa, she moved to the U.S. permanently to work with Quest Visual Theatre as the Festival Coordinator for QuestFest, its two-week, international festival. In 2014, the Institute approached her to assist in producing the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, and on closing that project, invited her to stay on in the capacity of Coordinator for both international and domestic capacity building programs. Shortly after, she was asked to serve as Manager of Domestic Capacity Building Programs, before moving into her current role as Director: Capacity Building Programs. This position sees her overseeing all training programs run by the Institute, the largest of which being the initial Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program that included 262 participating organizations from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Presently, she manages AIM II with 232 organizations across Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, while also overseeing capacity building programs in Palm Beach, Oregon, and the UK.

With two post-graduate degrees from Rhodes University, she has a background in arts management, event planning, live performance, and arts education. She has also worked extensively within the field of arts and disability, with a specific focus on integrating diverse communities. She has co-authored learner books for Oxford University Press, Maskew Miller Longman, and Cambridge University Press, and is fluent in English, French, and South African Sign Language.

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Aisha Wolo

Executive Coordinator and Research Associate

Aisha Wolo supports the Institute's President and senior staff who deliver training programs and consulting services for national and international clients. Ms. Wolo has a background in arts administration and has worked with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She earned her master's in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and her bachelor's from Virginia Tech in Communication with a minor in Art History.

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