Nadine has spent the last 20 years activating creativity as a catalyst for youth empowerment, economic equity, and social change in multiple communities across the United States. Nadine has a deep understanding of the needs of arts, culture and youth development organizations, the economic and social realities youth face, and the imperative to shape an equitable future that advances inclusion and belonging for all.
Prior to joining EPACENTER, Nadine served as Managing Director of the arts & education division at the California Institute of the Arts, where she oversaw programming, operations, and fundraising. She completed a campaign that established an endowment for the division, established new partnerships with government agencies, corporations, community art centers, public and charter schools, and school districts, including L.A. Unified, and created innovative programming in animation, film, music, dance, theater, and visual art for more than 8000 youth per year.
Before moving to California, Nadine played key leadership roles in establishing accessible arts education programs for vulnerable youth at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Chernin’s Center for the Arts, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ award-winning job-training-in-the-arts program, Gallery 37.
Nadine brings a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, culturally-responsive program design, community arts, arts education, program evaluation, communications, and fundraising to her role as Executive Director. She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northwestern University.