Leila Fitzpatrick served as the Director of Advisory Services at CulturalDC, a nonprofit organization that makes space for art in Washington, DC. Leila oversaw the organization’s advisory services, including consulting, technical assistance and the residency programs at Flashpoint and Source.
Leila helped arts organizations tackle the challenge of planning for new facilities, and she helped real estate professionals thoughtfully and effectively incorporate the arts into development projects. Clients have included: NoMA Business Improvement District;Young Playwrights’ Theater; Horning Brothers; Pyramid Atlantic; The Cohen Companies; and Bozzuto Development.
Leila served as Deputy Director from 2004 to 2011, overseeing internal operations, including all of CulturalDC’s programs, finance and human resources. Leila played a key role in planning and creating Flashpoint and Source – from outlining the multi-tenant concept to spurring the expanded professional development opportunities intrinsic to Flashpoint’s incubator model. Leila has also managed promotional programs such as 3rd Thursday events in the 7th Street Arts District, Art in Vacant Windows and Art-O-Matic.
Leila came to CulturalDC in 2000 from the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Over the years, Leila has worked with a number of local arts and nonprofit organizations. She has served on grants panels for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Arts Council and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. She has acted as a juror for the DC Short Film Festival and is an active member of ArtTable, a professional organization for female executives in the visual arts.
Leila graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Russian. When she’s not busy with work, Leila can be found juggling her 2-year-old-twins. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Washington, DC.