Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Over the past 3 years, ArtPlace has invested $42.1 million in 134 projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.
Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, he was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs during Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Jamie has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation, served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University, and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.
His non-profit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.