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Mar 27, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA

The board of trustees of the Incredible Children's Art Network (iCAN) announced last week that National Guild Trustee Jeffry Walker has been named executive director. Transitioning in mid-April from his home in Carmel-by-the-Sea and starting on June 3rd, 2013, Walker will lead the organization in its continuing efforts to provide high-quality, accessible arts education experiences for school children in Santa Barbara County, particularly those least likely to receive them.

Jeffry Walker is a seasoned leader, committed to collaborative efforts that maximize collective impact. In addition to serving on the board of the National Guild he sits on the statewide Policy Council for the California Alliance for Arts Education in Pasadena. As a board member for Guild member Music for Minors, he has focused on board governance and planning for the Silicon Valley nonprofit, which now provides elementary music education to over 17,000 students annually. Throughout his career, Walker has been a strong voice in public dialogues around arts and education policy, advocacy and program development.

In 2010, Walker began his independent consulting practice building on over thirty-five years of professional experience and accomplishment in university teaching and artistry; senior level higher education administration; NPO executive leadership; and elected local government service. He recently served as lead planning consultant to the California Alliance for Arts Education researching statewide cross-sector partnerships and also worked with a Bay Area nonprofit startup on developing plans to deliver more arts instruction in San Francisco’s schools. Walker has also worked nationally, conducting program site evaluations for the John F. Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child” community arts education initiative as well as regionally providing assessments of San Francisco Unified School District principals’ engagement in the implementation of their Arts Education Master Plan. In addition, for 1stACT Silicon Valley he guided the creation of an innovative after-school percussion-based program model and, for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, he consulted on the development of the new School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Additionally, Walker has served as executive director for Guild member Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA, and as director of the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

“I can’t imagine a better moment, or a finer place, to be doing this essential and exciting youth development work together.” Walker says. “iCAN is changing what it means to be a child growing up in Santa Barbara.”

"We were very blessed to have a number of wonderful candidates apply for this position,” says iCAN board president, Jim Kearns, “but our board and staff were unanimous in our decision to hire Jeffry. He is smart, passionate and focused on bringing the best to our children and families. Jeffry will demonstrate how powerful the arts can be in the lives of young people. We could not be happier."

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