Pete Buse

Pete Buse serves as Corporate Counsel at William Blair, advising the global financial services firm on commercial contracting and corporate legal matters.

Amy Cochran

Amy Cochran spends her days as a Principal with PwC, focusing on large finance transformational programs, and her nights/weekends as a fiber artist knitting, crocheting, and needlepointing.

Remberto Del Real

Remberto Del Real (Secretary) is the Chief Marketing Officer of DeVry University.

Cheryl Desir

Cheryl Desir is the General Manager of the University of Chicago Gleacher Center and Regional Director of Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Katie Dowling

Katie Dowling (Chair) is Head of Global Technology Delivery and Operations at Morningstar.

Alice DuBose

Alice DuBose is the Founder of Philanthropy RX, a fundraising consultant firm that she founded in 2006.  Philanthropy Rx works closely with key staff, volunteers and leaders to design and implement fundraising programs and campaigns.

Joanie Friedman

Joanie Friedman is an arts instigator, a community alchemist and a co-founder of the Civic Actor Studio at the University of Chicago, a creative retreat for community leaders.

Whitney Hill

Whitney Hill is the Founder & Director of SPORK! and an Accessibility Specialist at LCM Architects.


Erica Hubbard

Erica Hubbard is the Director of Chicago Programs for the Obama Foundation

Erica Kubly

Erica Kubly is an associate with Seeger Weiss LLP.

Kimberly Manuel-Dickens

Kimberly Manuel-Dickens (Vice Chair) is Founder and Principal at Firerise Entertainment . She also serves as Executive Coach to corporations and individuals in the areas of business strategy development and leadership.

Sebastian Marentes

Sebastian Marentes is a Partner Lead at Google, dedicated husband, and believes in the power of art to shape our culture.

Katie Mohrfeld

Katie Mohrfeld is a Director of Marketing for the Comcast Corporation in the Greater Chicago Area.

Jason Quiara

Jason Quiara is a Managing Partner at ClearImpact Group. 

Katy Simmons

Katy Simmons is a Vice President and Senior Client Advisor in Northern Trust’s Global Family & Private Investment Office.


Mike Siurek

Mike Siurek is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in their Healthcare and Institutions group.

Mel Smith

Mel Smith (Treasurer) is the owner and president of Investment Concepts, Inc.

Scott Wang

Scott Wang is the Chief Financial Officer at Treasure Financial.

Acasia Wilson Feinberg

Acasia Wilson Feinberg is the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Chicago CRED. 


Mesha Arant

Director of Operations & Culture

e: mesha(at)

Mesha is dedicated to creating equitable and inclusive arts and culture programming. She is a musician, consultant, and on the board of Sustain Music & Nature.

Sidney Mori Garrett

Manager of Programs

e: sidney (at)

Sidney Mori Garrett (she/her) is a Houston-born, Chicago-based curator, arts administrator, and artist. Her practice is rooted through a Black Feminist’s lens of love, mindfulness, and care. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from University of Houston and a Master of Art in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sidney has held previous positions at Lawndale Art Center, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Project Row Houses among others. In addition to her role at 3Arts, she works as the Communications Manager for Hyde Park Jazz Festival and is a core member of Companion Cooperative.

Esther Grisham Grimm

Executive Director

e: esther(at)

Esther’s career-long work in the arts encompasses museum and art education, administration, and philanthropy. She is a writer/editor, plays the flute, serves as an equine therapy volunteer, and is a coach for National Arts Strategies Leadership Coaching program. She is the Co-Chair of the American Friends of the Vienna Museum Board of Directors and is a member of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council.

Taylor Roberts

Social Media Coordinator

e: taylor(at)

Taylor has worked in arts administration and museum education for over 10 years. They are a passionate advocate for diversifying participation in the arts, specifically for marginalized artists and arts administrators, and in museum intellectual leadership positions. Outside the office, you can find Taylor marveling at Chicago’s architecture, cemeteries, and cultural institutions.

Sara Slawnik

Director of Programs

e: sara(at)

Sara has managed grantmaking programs for individual artists across disciplines for nearly a decade and worked in the nonprofit arts field for more than 20 years. She sparks her own personal creativity through various forms of visual art, writing, and gardening whenever she can. Since 2016, Sara has served on the Board of Directors for Comfort Station, a multidisciplinary arts space in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.   

Cat Tager

Director of Development & Partnerships

e: cat (at)

Cat is a musician and life-long arts advocate dedicated to connecting equity and the arts. Her love for 3Arts began in 2007 when her band was booked to play the newly minted 3Arts launch event. She most recently served an 8-year term as Chair of the 3Arts Board of Directors and has led arts education, programming, and administration work for over 20 years.