Caralyn Spector is a Philadelphia native who has been working in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors for more than 30 years. Her work has supported organizations throughout the country at the intersection of creativity, strategy, and social justice.
Prior to her work with Spector|Gay, Ms. Spector was a Program Officer on the Creative Communities team of the William Penn Foundation where her portfolio focused on operating support for arts organizations across Philadelphia. Previously, she served as Interim President and CEO of DataArts, bringing big data to the arts and culture sector. During the Obama Administration, she served as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Senior Deputy Chair and the Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Earlier, she was the Program Manager for the Columbia University Arts Initiative, in which role she produced new programs to make the arts and culture of New York City more accessible to Columbia students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. Ms. Spector also worked in marketing and business management for shows off and on Broadway including Chicago, Riverdance, The Rocky Horror Show, Annie Get Your Gun, Spamalot, and The Donkey Show.
Ms. Spector has also worked with an array of organizations during her career including Americans for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Disney Theatrical Productions, Endowment for the Humanities, Fleisher Art Memorial, Jordan Roth Productions Kennedy Center, National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed, National Science Foundation, National Nickelodeon Productions, Playbill Inc., Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), State Education of Directors of Art Education, Theatreworks/USA, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Education, among others.
Caralyn also serves on the Fresh Artists, CultureWorks, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund boards
Caralyn received her B.A. from Barnard Colleg and her M.A. in Creative Leadership from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has a certificate in Executive Leadership from National Arts Strategies (NAS) Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy at the School of Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion in HR from Cornell University.