Claire Rice, Executive Director

Claire Rice is currently the Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois, a statewide service and advocacy organization that works to put the arts at the center of community vitality and development. Previously, she was the National Director of Sustain Arts at Harvard University, a project that equips communities with meaningful data on arts and cultural activity. She has also served as the Director of Education at UMS, a 131 year-old performing arts presenter bringing internationally renowned artists in dance, music, and theater to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, Ms. Rice was also the associate producer on a Grammy Award-winning live concert recording and produced a month-long residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was selected as an author for the arts leadership book 20 Under 40, published in 2010. Claire Rice     |     312.855.3105 x14

Eva Silverman, Associate Director

"I help grow and engage the Alliance's membership while overseeing events like the One State Together in the Arts conference and our annual fundraiser. Before joining the Alliance, I spent nearly 20 years supporting Chicago's arts community through collaborative programming initiatives. I am a board member of Blair Thomas & Company, a contemporary puppet theater company." Eva Silverman     |     312.855.3105 x13

Contact me about:
  • Membership opportunities
  • Fundraising events
  • The One State Together in the Arts conference

Jackie Banks-Mahlum, Membership and Development Associate

"I assist in the development, membership, and general operations of Arts Alliance Illinois. I received my B.S. from Bradley University in theatre production and business management and my M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in producing." Jackie Banks-Mahlum     |     312.855.3105 x15

Contact me about:
  • Membership opportunities
  • Donor opportunities
  • Upcoming events, including fundraisers
  • Foundation support and partnerships
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • The Arts & Education Exchange

Jonathan VanderBrug, Policy and Research Director
"In directing the Alliance's policy initiatives, I build coalitions, manage advocacy campaigns, and analyze and message the data needed to influence policy decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. I have over 15 years of diverse experience in policy and advocacy. I received my B.A. in English Literature from Calvin College and my M.N.A from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management."     |     312.855.3105 x12

Contact me about:
  • Research on the arts and culture
  • The latest policy developments
  • Advocacy opportunities and resources

Julie Griffin, Operations and HR Director
"I handle all back-office operations and HR activities at Arts Alliance Illinois. I was a freelance musician in the Chicago area for 25 years and have worked in administrative positions with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Elgin Symphony." Julie Griffin     |     312.855.3105 x16

Contact me about:
  • Bill or payment information
  • Publication sales
  • Internships
  • Job openings
  • The Local Arts Network
  • Other related office and staffing inquiries