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Chicago, Illinois, United States
$11 - $12 per hour
March 03, 2018

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Joan Gray

Chicago, Illinois



Professional Profile

Experienced non-profit leader with a broad range of experiences and expertise in management, program development and development.

Work Experience

Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago

Oldest continuously operating Africa Dance Company in the United States.

President (1985 – 2015)

Key responsibilities in this role including leadership, financial management, program development and other growth initiatives.

Led world renowned non-profit arts organization responsible for fundraising and budget oversight, leadership of administrative and artistic staff, and defining and articulating organizations vision and purpose to various stakeholders.

Oversaw strategy and execution of capital campaign resulting in over $10mm raised from Federal & State support, corporate and foundation contributions, and private donors.

Developed comprehensive arts education programming serving more than 35 schools and community organizations.


Shannon Institute for Non-Profit Development, St. Paul, MN (2012 – 2014)

Selected for Personal and Leadership Development program

North Central College, Naperville, IL (YEAR)

Awarded honorary doctorate for exemplary leadership in the arts.

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (2002)

Arts Leadership Development Program

Nominated and selected for exclusive leadership development program.

University of Minnesota, CITY, MN (1999)

Arts Administrator Certificate Program

Selected for educational program for new and emerging arts administrators.

Professional Achievements

Board Positions

African American Arts Alliance, Board Member (1990 – Present)

International Association of Blacks in Dance, Board Member (1990 – 2013)

Dance USA, Board Member & Treasurer (

Chicago Dance Coalition, Chair and Board Member (2001-2003)

Professional Engagements

Served on peer review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and New England Foundation for the Arts and various national foundations.

Provide peer mentoring to non-profit organizations around board development and fundraising.

Awards & Recognition

Inducted into the History Makers (2003)

Received the ALYO Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts (1999)

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