Chair and Executive Director
Lucinda Presley is the Innovation Collaborative's founder, Chair, and Executive Director. Ms. Presley is also Executive Director of ICEE (Institute where Creativity Empowers Education) Success, which integrates the arts, humanities, and innovation thinking skills to promote engagement, learning, and 21st century problem-solving skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She works with partners in Texas, nationally, and internationally to develop school programming, write curriculum, train educators, and develop museums. With over 25 years' experience at the arts/science intersections, she has led STEAM education initiatives and teacher/artist training for a science museum, an art museum, and a national arts provider. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and has been an adjunct instructor of art at a community college for over 18 years.
Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., the Innovation Collaborative’s Strategic Advisor, helping lead the Collaborative strategically. He is a consultant, speaker and writer, specializing in strategic planning, leadership development, cultural policy and arts education. As CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), he spoke for and led an association of government cultural agencies that have grown to manage in excess of $400 million annually. He co-founded the Arts Education Partnership, which is the nation’s forum for advancing learning in the arts, and the Cultural Advocacy Group, which is the coalition that sets goals annually for the budgets of the federal cultural agencies. As an advisor to the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), he facilitated the CEO Seminar for heads of national cultural agencies at World Summits in England, Singapore, South Africa and Australia. He may be contacted at JKatz00000@aol.com.