Director of Programs
Meg Leary joined United States Artists as the Director of Programs in May of 2014. Before joining USA, she was the Communications and Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, a Chicago-based family foundation that grants over $15 million annually to organizations working in arts and culture, early childhood and infant mental health, social justice, and Jewish philanthropy. She managed a portfolio of grants to support arts and cultural organizations, progressive media and documentary film projects, and social justice, anti-racism, and interfaith efforts nationally and in Israel. Previous positions include Director of Development and Operations for the Reeling LGBT Film Festival and roles at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and East Coast Artists.
Ms. Leary has a master in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master of arts in performance studies from New York University's, Tisch School of the Arts, and a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College. She currently serves on the board of ACRE (Artist's Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) and Links Hall and previously held leadership roles on the boards of Beyondmedia Education and the Fire This Time Fund. Ms. Leary is also a visual artist and opera singer.