As senior communications officer at the foundation, Jessica Schwartz is responsible for strategic communications planning, knowledge dissemination and outreach to the key audiences that we seek to influence. She works primarily in the areas of education leadership and building audiences for the arts. Before joining the foundation in 2000, Schwartz served as vice president for marketing and communications at the National Council on Economic Education and the New York City chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Schwartz spent most of her career in the art world. She was the communications director at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for 11 years; and before then held similar positions at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also oversaw gallery and college publications. Other related experience includes writing and editing for
Artweek magazine (Oakland). Schwartz received a master’s degree in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s in both art history and archaeology from Cornell University.