Third Eye’s three partners met and first began working together almost a decade ago. We are all are former senior leaders of national arts service organizations (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and Chorus America) and have regularly supported arts organizations with navigating the cultural landscape. We launched Third Eye in 2015 to leverage our collective expertise and experiences to support an arts and cultural sector to produce transformative experiences, focusing on service organizations, grantmakers, state arts agencies, and small to mid-size organizations. Our experience as administrators, grantmakers, grant recipients, researchers, evaluators, advocates, performers, and board members of arts organizations has provided us with a strong and thorough knowledge of the arts sector.
Jonas's work is grounded in arts education, program development, and organizational change. He has designed and produced education programs for students, teachers, adults, and arts professionals and organizational innovation and adaptive leadership development programs for arts leaders across the country. Interested in supporting emerging arts organizations with an emphasis on social impact in NYC, Jonas has served as a board member for a variety of small and startup arts nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of Carleton College’s Alumni Admissions Representatives program and recently served on the board of its Alumni Annual Fund, which is widely recognized as a national model for alumni fundraising. He has held staff positions at The Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and EmcArts and worked on projects with Opera America, The New York Philharmonic, and Project Zero at Harvard University. A lifelong choral singer, Jonas was the director of programs at Chorus America and has performed and served in board and administrative positions with a wide range of choruses in New York City, Boston, and Washington DC.
Jonas earned his BA in Music from Carleton College, his EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University, and was a member of the inaugural class to receive an Executive Diploma in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies in 2015. Jonas also has a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource.
Angela has worked as an educator, researcher, and manager. Her experience in the nonprofit cultural sector has included local and national organizations. She has worked as an executive director for an orchestra, a science educator for a museum, and a policy researcher. For many years she was the director of research for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, a national service organization based in Washington, DC. She is often invited to speak at conferences on a variety of topics related to the arts, culture, and education. A musician, she sings with choirs in the DC area.
She has served on a wide range of grant funding and advisory panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Arts Education Partnership, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Angela earned her BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, a BMA in Music from the University of Windsor, and a MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alison leads with the intention of creating resources, removing roadblocks and designing roadmaps to make arts and culture accessible to all. Her background is in nonprofit management, strategic thinking, grantmaking and program assessment & evaluation. She's shaped vision and launched programs with the U.S. Department of Education, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Step Afrika!, WolfBrown, MetLife Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Trained as a dancer, she is committed to creating equitable funding and opportunities for artists and arts administrators. She’s authored articles on evaluability assessment, co-founded the Maynor Biggers Artist Fund to financially invest in artists, launched McNeil Creative Enterprises to increase visibility and growth of arts and culture organizations in communities, and co-founded Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) to promote equity in the performing arts administration field.
Previously named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Leadership Center for Excellence for her efforts in the arts and culture sector, she regularly serves as a thought leader for grant funding panels including Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She previously served as an Arlington Arts Commissioner — where she served on the grants committee.
Alison earned her BA in Sociology from Hampton University and a MA in Educational Leadership from American University.