DC Jazz Fest Administrator Tapped for Prestigious Chief Exec Program

DC Jazz Festival Executive Director Sunny Sumter has been selected as one of the National Arts Strategies’ celebrated Chief Executive Program’s “exceptional leaders.”

At a time when many arts and culture executives feel increasingly isolated and under-supported, the Chief Executive Program connects an international cohort of CEOs to explore leadership and strengthen efforts to drive change in their organizations, communities, and the cultural field.

“Sunny’s passion for jazz and commitment to community building makes her perfectly suited for the Alexandria, Va.-based NAS Chief Executive Program,” said Conrad Kenley, DCJF board chair.

Sumter, armed with two decades of experience working with nonprofit cultural and public policy institutions, joined the DCJF team in 2008 and has served as its executive director since 2012. She has led the organization’s talented team in the successful presentation of seven festivals and has grown DCJF’s year-round jazz education programs and community partnerships significantly.

Over the next 10 months, the NAS cohort of selected executives will learn new frameworks with industry-leading faculty, engage in one-on-one reflective exercises with NAS-trained coaches, and collaborate with one another.

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