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Caralyn Spector Joins DataArts Leadership Team as Chief Operating Officer; Richard Mintz Elected Chair and Glen Howard as Founding Chair of Board of Directors

  • Posted Jun 23, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DataArts, the respected national resource for in-depth data about nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations, announced an expansion of its leadership team with the addition of Caralyn Spector, formerly Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as Chief Operating Officer, effective August 1.  The organization's Board, which met June 22 and 23 in Philadelphia, elected Rich Mintz, Executive Vice President, Blue State Digital as its Chair. Outgoing Board Chair Glen Howard, who has served DataArts since 2012 through its move from a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts to an independent national nonprofit organization, was elected Founding Chair.

“Caralyn has been a true advocate for arts and culture all across the country, and for advancing the value of the arts as vital to education, the economy, and the complex ecosystem of strong and resilient communities,” said Beth Tuttle, President and CEO of DataArts. “Her national perspective and network of relationships will be invaluable to DataArts as we continue to expand our work to empower the cultural sector with high quality data and resources.”

Spector brings to DataArts her extensive experience in management, program development, and promoting the value of the arts in the United States. In her eight years at the NEA, she designed and implemented high-profile programs including the Blue Star Museum Program for military families, the inaugural year of the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge, and the NEA’s 50th anniversary convening, In Pursuit of the Creative Life: The Future of the Arts and Creativity in America. Previously, she was Program Director for the Columbia University Arts Initiative, where she developed cross-disciplinary arts programming for the entire University population. She holds a BA in Theater and English from Barnard College and is a member of the class of 2017 in the Executive Program in Arts and Culture, a program of National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native Philadelphian and will be relocating to the city with her family.

Digital strategist, Rich Mintz, was elected Chair of DataArts Board of Directors. Mintz, is executive vice president of Blue State Digital, where he leads the institutional nonprofit practice working with museums, universities, and hospitals to improve their community engagement, fundraising, and advocacy programs. He has previously held leadership roles in five technology and marketing companies and in his work at Blue State Digital, has provided strategic direction to political campaigns and nationally recognized brands as well as nonprofits and policy advocacy organizations. He holds a BA from Harvard College.

Glen Howard, retired Managing Director, Legal Affairs and General Counsel for The Pew Charitable Trusts and DataArts’ outgoing chair, will continue to serve on DataArts’ board in the newly-established role of Founding Chair.

About DataArts
DataArts’ mission is to empower the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. DataArts serves as an important catalyst for data-driven decision-making, resulting in stronger management for arts and cultural organizations, better informed funding policy for grant makers, and a rich information resource for advocates and researchers. Visit us at