Carrie Spitler joined NWA in September 2002. During her time at NWA, Spitler has led the organization through strategic planning processes and implementation, increased its budget by 20%, and expanded its capacity. Outreach initiatives fostered by Spitler include partnerships with WBEZ, the Egan Center at DePaul University, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago, the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, and many others. During her tenure, new workshops have been developed in Albany Park, Chicago Lawn, Humboldt Park, West Englewood, and with Project Hope and St. Leonard’s House. Spitler serves on the Steering Committee for the Southside Arts & Humanities Network. Prior to joining the NWA staff, Spitler was the Director of Development at Access Living from 1997-2002 where she increased government support, organized record-setting annual galas, and facilitated the creation of a major gift program and Access Living’s first endowment effort. Spitler holds a BS in Political Science from Central Michigan University.