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Board Member Spotlight: Ken Jackson

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Photo Credit: Ken Jackson

Arts to Grow is delighted to introduce our newest board member, Kenneth Jackson. Ken is a senior technology professional in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and divestitures for Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Ken joins ATG with a deep commitment to serving the interests of urban and less-advantaged children through the arts. He points to his own childhood involvement in arts programs as inspiration, which he says have “informed [his] current views on the importance and possibilities of art to enrich the learning and educational experience of at-risk youth.”

Ken has previously served on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization of New Jersey, where he served as Treasurer of a local program that advocates for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.  Ken holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

As a member of the board, Ken intends to ensure that Arts to Grow reaches our goal of serving 5,000 kids annually by leveraging his expertise, skills, and professional contacts to support development and fundraising. We welcome Ken to our board of directors and thank him for his commitment to helping more children learn to love learning.

Arts to Grow’s programs are made possible through the work of skilled volunteers.  To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our website.

ATG Welcomes New Board Member Nick Boaro

Photo Credit: Nick Boaro

Photo Credit: Nick Boaro

Arts to Grow is delighted to welcome Nick Boaro to our Board of Directors. Nick joined ATG last summer as a Co-Chair for Youth, I.N.C.’s Celebration program. Despite his late start he quickly took on a leadership role, successfully leveraging connections at his firm EY as well as Morgan Stanley to forge two new corporate engagements in support of ATG’s work with children.

Nick was drawn to ATG because, having moved around a lot, he’s seen firsthand the difference that the arts can make in the life of a community. “Those communities that were involved in the arts and outdoor activities stood out as genuinely happier people,” he explains. “For a community to be involved in the arts, it has to start with the kids. This is what drew me to ATG: seeing what the organization does firsthand and the joy it brings to the children is exciting.”

To those interested in getting involved with Arts to Grow, Nick would recommend taking the time to see the programs in action. “You can see the children enjoy the programs and you can’t help but notice the sense of self-accomplishment and pride they have,” he says, adding that there are a wide range of events to choose from. “For me, it was a short play, but ATG programs cover all aspects of the arts.”

He also credits his time as a Celebration Co-Chair with helping him learn about Arts to Grow. His involvement allowed him to “have focused time with Mallory, the board, and established programs to learn a lot about the organization very quickly.”

Nick officially joined the board in December. We are thrilled to have him join us in helping more children love learning through the arts.

Arts to Grow’s programs are made possible through the work of skilled volunteers.  To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our website.