Reinventing Your Organization to Respond to Today

Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
What would happen if you had the opportunity to recreate your staff to respond to the needs of your community today?

This session addresses issues of capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, and leadership.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.


Debra Garcia y Griego
Executive Director
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Debra Garcia y Griego has over 20 years of experience in arts administration. Her work experience is in a variety of organizations, including dance, theater, museums and local arts agencies. She is currently the Executive Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission where she is responsible for implementing the City’s support of arts and cultural affairs such as funding of local nonprofit arts organizations, operation of the Community Gallery, the Art in Public Places program and the City’s international affairs. She is currently leading the City’s first cultural planning process, “Culture Connects Santa Fe.” Previous work experience includes Museum Campus Chicago (a multi-institutional cross-collaboration and –marketing initiative consisting of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Park District), Chicago a cappella, the Southwest Theater and Dance Festival, and the University of New Mexico Department of Theater and Dance.
Jim Sparrow
President and CEO
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth Co.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jim is currently President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and has held that position since fall of 2013. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Arts United in Fort Wayne,IN and before moving into that role was Director of Development for the organization for 6 years. Jim is a classically trained musician and former principal clarinetist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic before transitioning to an arts administration career. He has been on advisory committees for the Indiana Arts Commission, the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and the NE Indiana Non-Profit Advisory Board. He has served on various community boards and is currently a board member of the Winston-Salem Downtown Partnership. Jim is married to Karen Gibbons-Brown, artistic and executive director of Fort Wayne Ballet.