Arts and Politics in the Trump Era

Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

What can we expect? Hear the best guesses of AFTA's political experts, and discuss how our energy should be deployed.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, leadership, private sector engagement, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.


Sofia Klatzker
Executive Director
Arts for LA
Los Angeles, California

Sofia Klatzker is the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture across government, education, business, and community life. Under her leadership, the ACTIVATE advocacy leadership training program more than doubled in size now representing 226 leaders; created a new mobile website connecting Arts for LA’s 60,000 members with local officials; surveyed over 350 candidates across 60 local elections in November 2016; and launched a campaign to register arts and cultural organizations to become polling stations. She has over 16 years experience advocating for and implementing arts policies, arts education, and grant making. Sofia currently serves on the boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, and serves on both the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Policy Council, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network Advisory Council. Sofia received her B.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

Kevin L. Jones
Interactive Producer
San Francisco, California

Kevin L. Jones has been a journalist for 15 years now, first working for weeklies around the Bay Area before becoming an online producer at KTVU and now, KQED. Jones received credit for providing an essential part to KTVU's coverage of the Oscar Grant shooting, which won a Peabody. At KQED, Jones reports on the Arts, writing a wide variety of articles, from breaking stories about members of Sesame Street being fired to deep dives into the history of music in San Francisco. He's also the special projects editor, managing and creating special sites on topics such as recorded music and Maya Angelou.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director
Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Washington, District of Columbia

Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local government and public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2009, she spearheaded the very successful “Arts = Jobs” advocacy campaign that strategically secured $50 million of federal support for more than 7,000 arts jobs and millions of dollars more for arts infrastructure projects within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Nina has produced several programmatic events, including National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill; the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Serving simultaneously as the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected Political Action Committee, the only dedicated arts PAC in America, Nina mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 300,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues among legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She recently completed ArtsVote2016, culminating with high profile arts policy events at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in French Literature, and of The University of Richmond School of Law with a J.D. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
David Reid
Policy Advisor
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Washington, District of Columbia

David Reid brings a wealth of on-the-ground policy and finance experience to his government relations work with Brownstein. A seasoned finance director, Reid joins the firm from Hillary for America where he was the Washington, D.C., and PAC finance director. His efforts raised a record breaking $30 million from the D.C. and PAC community during the last election. Before joining Hillary for America, Reid was the mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association. Over the course of his successful career, he has amassed an in-depth network of industry contacts both on Capitol Hill and within the business and association communities.