Holly Sidford

Holly Sidford is president of Helicon Collaborative, a consulting company that provides strategy development, program management, research, and facilitation for arts and cultural organizations and funders. She has more than 25 years of experience leading nonprofit cultural and philanthropic organizations. Prior to founding Helicon, she was a principal at AEA Consulting, an international consulting firm, where she guided organizational, program and policy planning with diverse clients. Prior to that, she was the founding president of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year national initiative to expand support for creative artists, where she spearheaded the national research and planning effort that preceded LINC’s creation. Before her work with LINC, Sidford was program director for arts, parks and adult literacy at the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and held leadership positions at the Ford Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Sidford holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Management Certificate from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter.

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