Speaker Bio

Jessica Gelter

Executive Director of Arts Alive!

Arts & Culture Track Leader

Jessica is a dedicated nonprofit leader with experience in community outreach, team leadership, event management, and program development and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University’s theater conservatory program, and a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts. She has been awarded two fellowships through National Arts Strategies: Forward Thinking Fellowship and New England Creative Community Fellowship. She is also a professional artist – and continues that work as a musician, playwright, actress, and theater director. She was featured on the National Endowment for the Arts website for their 50th anniversary. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she serves on her town’s Selectboard. She enjoys creative adventures with her husband James and daughter Evelyn, and loves coming home to their house full of furry friends.

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