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Ashley Firestone

Ashley Firestone

Senior Program Officer

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Greater New York City Area, us

Philanthropic professional with over 10 years' diverse experience in the public and private sector, primarily in Arts & Culture. Currently leading over 150 cultural organizations through the annual grantmaking process at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, one of the country's largest public funders of arts & culture with...

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NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Senior Program Officer

Team leader guiding a 9-person unit of Program Officers in the annual grantmaking cycle for over 1,000 cultural non-profit applicants seeking public funding. Specializing in philanthropic strategy, equity and inclusion, ethics and transparency.

New York University

MA, Performing Arts Administration

Experience in the private and public sector in producing, fundraising, programming and grantmaking for intimate and large-scale cultural events in New York City. Graduate education included elective coursework through NYU's Stern School of Business in Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Brand Management, and Financial Accounting.

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Senior Program Officer

Reporting to the Assistant Commissioner of Program Services, guide a portfolio of between 100 and 200 New York City cultural organizations through annual competitive funding process for over $33M in public funding through the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) and various culturally-based City Council initiatives. Build and maintain relationships with existing and prospective grantees from diverse disciplines and capacities through site visits and regular communication. Personally execute annual funding cycle activities, including leading application seminars and grantmaking panels, providing detailed applicant feedback, overseeing grant management and tracking, creating and implementing protocols for new funding initiatives through the City Council.