Lunch Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony: The Arts Unite Us

Saturday, June 16, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Arts and creativity are endlessly powerful and flexible, able to be a transformative part of creating healthier, more vibrant, more equitable communities. In this pre-lunch plenary, celebrate those who are doing exemplary work this year through the Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards, and then embark on a conversation with two great arts allies and the local arts agency executive directors who partner with them for community success. With panelists representing the public sector, the private sector, and two vibrant and growing arts communities, we will explore what partnership can do at its best, how the arts can be placed at the center of community revitalization and still work toward a goal of equity, and how all communities can thrive.


Marc D. Folk
Executive Director
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

Marc D. Folk began his career at The Arts Commission in Toledo, Ohio over 20 years ago as an instructor in the Young Artists At Work program; in subsequent years he served in a variety of roles and began his current position as Executive Director in 2006. Through his leadership, The Arts Commission’s focus on connecting economic and community development with the arts has grown significantly. Marc represents The Arts Commission on numerous local, regional and national committees to advocate for the arts, including membership in the United States Urban Arts Federation and leadership roles as past president of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts and former co-chair of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders. Awards include the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for Arts Administration and the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts. An avid record collector and DJ, Marc lives in Toledo’s Old West End with his son Holden.

Javier M. Gonzales
Former Mayor
City of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Javier Gonzales served as Mayor of Santa Fe from 2014-2018. During his term, Mayor Gonzales initiated a community planning process that delivered Santa Fe's first Cultural Road Map. The Cultural Road Map has been widely recognized for its efforts to use the Arts in addressing social and economic equity.

Randy Oostra
President & CEO
Toledo, Ohio

Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE (63), is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ProMedica, a not-for-profit mission-based, integrated healthcare organization headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. It serves communities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To date it offers acute and ambulatory care, a growing network of employed advanced practice providers and board-certified physicians, an insurance company with a dental plan, post-acute and academic business lines.

Randy has 40 years of health care and management expertise, with 20 of those years spent at ProMedica. Randy is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders in health care and has earned a spot on several prestigious listings, which include Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of Becker’s Healthcare’s 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare. He also received American Heart Association’s Pulse of Toledo Award in 2018. ProMedica has received numerous national recognitions and accolades under his leadership. The organization is widely known as a national leader in addressing the social determinants of health and is consistently recognized by national associations and accrediting agencies for superior clinical quality and excellence. Six of its 13 hospitals earned above average star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their quality, safety and patient experience. Flagship hospital ProMedica Toledo Hospital is one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals according to Healthgrades and U.S. News & World Report, and one of IBM Watson Health’s (formerly Truven Health Analytics) 50 top cardiovascular hospitals in the country. Additionally, ProMedica earned a spot on Forbes Magazine’s 2017 list of America’s Best Employers.

Randy has a strong commitment to the healthcare industry and community with his extensive involvement in numerous professional and civic organizations at the local, regional and national levels. He serves on the board of trustees of the following national organizations: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust and The Root Cause Coalition, which ProMedica founded. He serves on the board of trustees for his alma mater, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and the following organizations in northwest Ohio: Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Museum of Art, Downtown Development Corporation, and Toledo Symphony as the chair. Randy is also a member of the Ohio and Michigan Hospital Associations and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Randy holds a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northwestern College.

Jandel Allen-Davis
Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She leads the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.  Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, serving patients for 25 years. Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on community boards including Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Foundation, CareerWise, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, National Jewish and in 2017, was appointed Board Chair of Grantmakers in Health.  

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 42 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

In 1996, Mr. Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 32 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2,000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy including its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity V. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative power of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military. 

Mr. Lynch currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector. He has also served two terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

Julie C. Muraco
Board Chair
Americans for the Arts
New York, New York

Julie C. Muraco, Praeditis Group LLC, is founder and Managing Partner of Praeditis Group LLC, a capital markets & business consultancy working with serial entrepreneurs, UHNW/family offices and foundations & endowments seeking direct and secondary investments and alternative investment strategies. She founded Praeditis Group with a concentration on the “permanent private capital” and “impact investment” business models in 2008.
In early 2015, Praeditis Group partnered with TBLI Group Holdings, B.V. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands assuming the role of CEO and Managing Partner. TBLI is focused on building the ESG community and impact investment by providing advisory services and conference events for global clients and educational services through Stichting TBLI B.V.
Prior to founding Praeditis Group, Ms. Muraco was a Senior Managing Director and head of Global Capital Markets for The NASDAQ OMX Stock Market. She was responsible for strategy and client relations with corporate advisors, investment banks and financial sponsors, transitioning private companies to the public markets. She had been with NASDAQOMX since February 2004.
Ms. Muraco spent more than 20 years on Wall Street as a vice president with J.P. Morgan’s Cash Markets Division, New York City, and as a managing director in the Capital Markets Division of Smith Barney in Chicago and earlier in Cleveland.
She is on the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C., serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors; the Board of Trustees of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, New York, NY as Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee. She was past board trustee for the Duke of Edinburgh Award U.S.A. Chaired by HRH, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and was a member of the national media advisory council of Springboard Enterprises, Washington D.C., a venture catalyst firm for women owned and women funded businesses.
She is FINRA licensed with a Series 7, Series 63, and Series 79.
Ms. Muraco holds a B.A. in Finance from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. She resides in New York, NY and Aspen, Colorado.