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Allyson Esposito

Senior Program Officer, Arts, Builders Initiative

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Allyson is a systems builder, arts advocate, lawyer, and artist, with more than 15 years of change management experience in the philanthropic sector. She presently serves as the Senior Program Officer, Arts, for Builders Initiative.

Most recently, she was the founding President and CEO of Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange, the first organization of its kind in the mid-South, connecting family philanthropies, municipalities, corporations, and individuals with equitable investment opportunities (for- and non-profit) across the region's diverse creative communities.

Previously, she served as Senior Director, Arts and Culture program for the Boston Foundation, creating and implementing the Foundation's new art strategy — championing equitable, direct investment in individual artists, inclusive public spaces, and sustainable resources for artist service entities.

Allyson is a lifelong dancer and choreographer who founded and led the Chicago-based company the Space Movement from 2004-2015, co-creating original evening-length works, touring nationally and internationally, and co-managing the former artist-led hub Outer Space. She has danced with several other companies and choreographers in Chicago and beyond, and continues to perform into her mid-40's.