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DEANA HAGGAG | President & CEO, United States Artists

Deana HaggagDeana Haggag is the President & CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL. Before joining USA in February 2017, she was the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, MD, for four years. In addition to her leadership roles, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and has taught at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the Advisory Board of Recess and Council of Common Field, and has served as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy.

TATIANA HERNANDEZ | Arts Director, Hemera Foundation

Tatiana HernandezTatiana Hernandez joined Hemera in March 2015. Previously, as program officer for the arts for the Knight Foundation, she led the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight’s open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in communities across the country. Nationally, Tatiana serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Gard Foundation, as well as Machine Project and BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), two experimental artist spaces in Los Angeles and Miami respectively. Locally, she serves on the advisory council for the Bohemian Foundation’s Music District. She is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund. She has written and spoken on the importance of new organizational models, equity in grantmaking and innovation in the arts. Tatiana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and anthropology from The George Washington University and trained as a dancer. She enjoys reading and exploring new places.

YK HONG | Anti-Oppression Trainer, Organizer, Artist

YK HongYK has been a curriculum developer and facilitator for 20 years as a pioneer, establishing a nationally-acclaimed curriculum for workshops and trainings on a national and international level. She has worked with over a thousand organizations and companies across the globe to facilitate processes in strategic planning, organization development, anti-oppression and human resources management. Believing in the critical role of technology, YK also holds certifications in cyber security and hardware, using code and data to show compelling paths for transformation at all levels of organizational growth. YK spends most of her year traveling to give workshops and talks around the world and is a TED fellow.

TARIANA NAVAS-NIEVES | Director of Cultural Affairs, Denver Arts & Venues

Tariana Navas-Nieves is the Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for the city’s cultural affairs and publicly owned venues. Tariana has over 23 years of experience in non-profit and project management, museum work and communications, most recently as Public Information Manager for the Gold Line commuter rail transit line, which along with the line to Denver International Airport, is part of the largest transportation project in the United States. She also served as Curator of Hispanic and Native American Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during their 25 million dollar expansion project. Tariana’s experience spans into television, translation and lecturing, as well as extensive curatorial services to art collectors and museums. Tariana serves on multiple boards and advisory groups including but not limited to the Mayor’s Latino Commission, DPS Bond and Mill Oversight Committee, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Leadership Team working on building diverse audience engagement, the Denver Art Museum’s Latino Audience Alliance, and Denver Shared Spaces City Strategy Advisory group. She is also a graduate of Leadership Denver (class of 2015). She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Paul Rucker is a visual artist, musician, and composer who uses visual images and sound to render powerful reflections on racial injustice in America. A native of South Carolina, Paul’s work investigates the long-term social and economic effects of slavery in the United States, drawing parallels to racially motivated violence, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of African Americans. Paul has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with schools, prisons, and policy institutes to address issues of mass incarceration. His awards include Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a residency at Maryland Institute College of Art as the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation research fellow in Baltimore, MD.