Joy Ford Austin, M.S., Executive Director
Joy Ford Austin joined HumanitiesDC in 2000 to serve as Executive Director, having previously served as President and Executive Director of the African American Museums Association. Joy has consulted with many institutions on cultural programs and policy including the National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission, Telesis Corporation, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Center for Arts and Culture, and the Kellogg Foundation. Joy holds a Master of Science in Administration from Trinity College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McMaster University.
La’Tasha Banks, M.A., Grants Manager
As a cultural manager, La’Tasha Banks possess extensive knowledge in working in partnership with elected officials, donors, board members, school administrators, and teachers to develop and implement inclusive cultural programming. She has held various leadership positions within educational, non-profit and governmental cultural organizations. In the past she has worked for the Bowie State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (M-NCPPC), Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, the National Museum of American History, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and several art galleries in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
La’Tasha holds Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Language, Literature, and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Jasper Collier, M.A., Deputy Director of Programs
Jasper Collier oversees HumanitiesDC’s extensive collection of grant products and educational resources. Jasper has previously worked in curatorial and collections management at the Dittrick Medical History Center and President Lincoln’s Cottage. He has also held positions with the National Building Museum and the Western Reserve Historical Society and has worked as an independent consultant in historical research. Jasper holds a Master of Arts in Public History from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Case Western Reserve University.
Andrea Carroll McNeil, M.S., Grants Manager
Andrea Carroll McNeil oversees HumanitiesDC’s grants portfolio supporting cultural and educational programming and projects, having previously served as a Program Manager at Goodwill Industries International. She has significant experience with grants management, program development and implementation, community outreach, corporate relations and volunteer management. Andrea holds a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health from Trinity Washington University, a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University.
Mary Paris, Acting Digital Manager of CultureCapital.com
Mary Paris has a diverse background that spans the worlds of politics, education, NGOs and international business and communications. Her roles covered press/communications, day-to-day operations, fundraising and event management. She has extensive experience in website design, having built and managed the Georgetown University 2015 capital campaign website and oversaw the relaunch of the GU Alumni website. In addition to CultureCapital.com, Mary serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Dictyon Language School. Her previous positions include Senior Vice President for Development at HitBig, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications in the Georgetown University Office of Advancement, and various marketing and public relations, business development and new media roles with NBC. She is listed in the Worldwide Who’s Who registry of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.
Stephanie Scott, Operations Manager
Stephanie Scott is the Operations Manager at HumanitiesDC. She initially joined HumanitiesDC in 2009 as the Executive Assistant. She has over 20 years of administrative experience which also includes development and construction project management and marketing. Prior to joining HumanitiesDC, Stephanie was the Executive Administrator for a DC-based Historic Restoration and Painting company responsible for preserving historical buildings as the Tivoli Theatre and President Lincoln’s Cottage.