National Youngarts Names Carolina García Jayaram

The Board of Trustees of the National YoungArts Foundation have appointed Carolina García Jayaram as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael Kaiser, Interim CEO. Ms. García Jayaram comes to YoungArts from United States Artists, one of the nation’s largest grantmaking and advocacy organizations supporting performing, visual, media and literary artists, where she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Among her other achievements at USA, she oversaw the formation of a new Fellows Alumni Advisory Council, the establishment of new partnerships with leading national organizations and festivals and the production of USA’s annual two-day convening, the Artists Assembly. Prior to USA, Ms. García Jayaram served as Executive Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, revitalizing the 40-year-old organization into a vital resource for entrepreneurial artists. She also served on the Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In recognition of her achievements, the Chicago Tribune named her “Chicagoan of the Year in Arts” in 2013.

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