Federal Policy/Local Impact for the Creative Economy

Friday, June 16, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn about the implications and potential impact of the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act for your local community.

This session addresses issues of arts education, community development, leadership, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.


Narric Rome
Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts. In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education. Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs. Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels, and a partnership with the Turnaround Arts program at the President’s Committee for the Arts & the Humanities. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999. Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. Since 2008 he has served as the president of the Vermont State Society. Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
Kerry Adams Hapner
Director of Cultural Affairs and Deputy Director of Economic Development
City of San Jose
San Jose, California

As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose, Kerry Adams Hapner leads the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). The mission of the OCA is to champion the arts and cultural vitality for San Jose’s one million ethnically diverse residents and its visitors. Her portfolio includes public art, creative placemaking, special events, cultural funding, convention and cultural facility management, creative entrepreneurship, conventions and visitor bureau, and the creative economy. She has led the development of significant cultural policy and programs including: Cultural Connection: San Jose’s Cultural Plan for 2011-2020; cultural development goals for Envision San Jose 2040, the general plan update; and the Cultural Funding Portfolio: Investments in Art, Creativity, and Culture.

In 2014 and 2015, Kerry was named one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the United States’ nonprofit arts sector in Barry’s Blog, published by the Western States Arts Federation. She regularly writes on and speaks at national conferences on a wide range of topics from creative placemaking to cultural development to art and technology. From 2013-2016, she served as the Chair of the United States Urban Arts Federation, comprised of the local art agency executive directors of the 60 largest US cities and has served on the executive committee since 2010. For eight years, she has served on the board of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates. She is a member of ArtTable, an organization comprised of women leaders in the visual arts.

Kerry earned her bachelor of art degree at University of California at Los Angeles where she studied art history and business administration. She has a certificate in Fine Art Appraisal Studies from the University of California at Irvine. Currently, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary master in liberal arts degree at Stanford University.

Rebecca Saylor
OodleBaDoodle & Etsy Team Captain
San Francisco, California

Rebecca is the Creator of Things. As a community builder and creative entrepreneur, she enjoys making things happen. Since 2013, she has been proudly worn the hat of "team captain" for the vibrant SFEtsy Team, one of the largest communities of creative entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. She has used her superpower of networking to help Etsy sellers come together through a variety of local business development programs.
As owner and head of design at OodleBaDoodle, she spends her days as a solo-entrepreneur to create a line of whimsical home decor pillows by hand. She develop the patterns, repurpose materials and market and manage all parts of her tiny business. She has had the honor to make custom creations for Etsy's Offices in San Francisco, Pinterest Offices in SF, NYC & Chicago as well as ThredUp and several other start ups. Her work has been featured in several blogs and media outlets including wonderful articles in the San Francisco Chronicle.