AvatarStephanie Evans Hanson (Program Manager, Leadership Development, Americans for the Arts) is responsible for the development of individual leaders working to advance the arts at the local level. Her portfolio of work covers the full spectrum of arts leaders from students and emerging leaders to executive level and boards of directors. She designs and implements professional development, networking opportunities, and online resources for the field through webinars, in person sessions at the annual Americans for the Arts Convention, a newly created program for emerging leaders called the Americans for the Arts Classroom, and regular listserv postings, blogging, and publications. In addition, Stephanie provides internal leadership development for Americans for the Arts interns. Stephanie graduated from American University with an M.A. in Arts Management, and wrote her thesis on the U.S. visa process and its effects on cultural exchange. Stephanie has served as a grants panelist for the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Currently, she sits on the Steering Committee for Emerging Arts Leaders DC and volunteers at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. She lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband.