The Future of Community Investment and the LAA

Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

LAAs must look beyond grantmaking to creative community investment to be relevant to the full creative spectrum, but what does that mean? Explore options and hear about exemplar programs to take back home.

Presentation Slides:
Carl Atiya Swanson
Tobi Becerra
Dan Bowers

This session addresses issues of community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, grantmaking, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.


Carl Atiya Swanson
Associate Director
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, Minnesota

Carl Atiya Swanson is Springboard for the Arts' Associate Director, working on Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. Swanson previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and founded Crown & Sparrow, a boutique communications consulting firm specializing in work with artists. He is a theatermaker and is on the board of the Dissonance, advocating for mental health and wellness in creativity. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Dan Bowers
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dan Bowers has been President of ArtsBuild in Chattanooga, TN, for nine years. Bowers has spent his career in nonprofit fundraising. Prior to joining ArtsBuild he was president of the Memorial Hospital Foundation from 2001 to 2007. Prior to that Bowers spent 22 years with United Ways, serving as Executive Director of the United Way in Gadsden, AL, from 1980 to 1988. He served the United Way of Greater Chattanooga from 1988 to 2001, six years as the organization’s Campaign Director and eight years as its President. During his tenure at ArtsBuild, the organization spearheaded a community-wide cultural planning initiative, Imagine Chattanooga 20/20. This planning effort not only created a vision for the arts in the Chattanooga area, but also helped transform ArtsBuild, which was rebranded in 2012 from its former identity as Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. ArtsBuild has broadened its mission and deepened its involvement in community development.
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer
Executive Director
Queens Council on the Arts
Queens, New York

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts. As a lifelong Queens resident, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to mobilize and transform community. She is a blogger who writes style notes for people who change the world at and works with social media and web properties to create investable spaces for nonprofits. She is the author and illustrator of Rabbit Mooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children published by Little, Brown & Company. Her second book, Little Ghost Dumplings is in development. Hoong Yee is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Hoong Yee is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway, Queens where they live with their three children, Mikki, Remy & Sky.

Tobi Becerra
Philanthropy Advisor
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Mountain View, California

As a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Tobi facilitates joyful giving to individual donors by supporting their philanthropic goals and deepening their engagement. Tobi helps manage unique donor engagement events, as well as the foundation’s Donor Circle for the Arts. Tobi has over a dozen years of experience in nonprofits, ranging from the development and implementation of aesthetic education programs in K-12 schools, managing a professional contemporary dance company, and higher education administration. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre and dance from Chapman University, a certificate in dance from Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, a certificate in nonprofit management from SUNY Purchase, and will complete her masters in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University in 2018.