Joy Ford Austin, 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, 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, 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 McNeil, Grants Manager
Andrea 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.
Eileen Rappoport, Digital Manager
Eileen Rappoport oversees HumanitiesDC’s Job Bank and CultureCapital.com having served as Vice President of Operations of CultureCapital where she launched the popular site and job bank. Rappoport has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration having worked as Deputy Director of Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and as Program Director of Business Volunteers for the Arts. Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Rappoport worked for more than two decades for independent telephone directory publishers across the specializing in strategic planning, partnerships and alliances and new media.
Stephanie Scott, Operations Manager
Stephanie Scott serves as Operations Manager at HumanitiesDC. She has over 20 years of administrative experience with additional expertise in marketing, development and construction. Stephanie was the Executive Administrator for AVSmoot LLC, a DC-based Historic Restoration and Painting company responsible for preserving such sites as the Tivoli Theatre and President Lincoln’s Cottage. She joined HumanitiesDC in 2009 as the Executive Assistant and was promoted to promoted to Operations Manager in 2019.
Carol Winston, Deputy Director of Operations
Carol Winston joined HumanitiesDC in 2019 with more than three decades of experience in executive level administrative and management support in the public and private sectors, including federal, state and local government, business and academia. Most recently, Carol served as the Senior Operations and Engagement Advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative for six years, managing finance, operations, human resources, grants and contract compliance, and major gifts and donations. Previously Carol worked in compliance at Howard University for 28 years in a variety of capacities, where she demonstrated success in project management, contract negotiations, human resources, fiscal management and facilitating cooperative agreements. Carol graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science and is a Certified Compliance and Research Administrator.
A special thanks to the consultants who assist staff in achieving HumanitiesDC’s mission: Maggie Lemere, DC Oral History Collaborative, Jerome Paige, DC Living Heritage Network Facilitator, and Caldwell & Company, accountants.