The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation announced today that Jessica Solomon will join the Foundation as Senior Program Officer.
Solomon brings over a decade of experience facilitating organizational development, and shaping racial and cultural equity strategies in the social sector. In her new role, she joins the Foundation’s leadership team working to improve the quality of life in Baltimore and beyond, with a focus on arts and social justice.
Most recently, Solomon was Principal at Art in Praxis, a consulting practice integrating arts and design thinking into nonprofit capacity building. Her time included designing large-scale interventions with cultural institutions and municipalities, strategic planning with startups, and facilitating hundreds of meetings for networks and community based groups around issues of equity, resource development, and placemaking. She is also a cultural worker. Her first exhibition, a highly interactive experiment titled, “Meridians Lab” debuted at Transformer Gallery in Washington, D.C. this spring.
“Jess is an activist and visionary thinker and we are both honored and thrilled to have her join our team,” said Jane Brown, President and Executive Director of the Foundation. “She brings tremendous energy, curiosity and intelligence as well as a remarkable breadth of national experience to the Deutsch Foundation and will take our arts and equity work to the next level.”
Solomon is no stranger to the Deutsch Foundation, having worked with current and former grantees including The Contemporary, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc, and the Neighborhood Design Center.
“Philanthropy is a powerful vehicle to cultivate more equitable opportunities in Baltimore,” said Solomon. “I am honored to join a foundation that is responsive, forward-thinking, and committed to integrating social justice into its grantmaking,” said Solomon. “As a cultural worker, and native of Baltimore, I am personally and professionally motivated to help foster positive change in our community. I look forward to working with my dynamic team, colleagues in the sector, and amazing changemakers.”
Solomon earned a MS in Organization Development from American University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and African-American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves as faculty for the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship. Previously she served on the Executive Committee of Alternate ROOTS, Citizen Artist Baltimore, and PolicyLink’s Arts, Culture, and Community Development Advisory Group.
The Deutsch Foundation invests in innovative people, projects and ideas that improve the quality of life in Baltimore and beyond and celebrates its twenty-fifth year of serving the Baltimore community in 2017.