Born and raised in Miami, Florida to Colombian parents, Lissette Garcia is an experienced arts professional in both the private and public sectors. Lissette is currently consulting as Director of Special Projects for The Harpo Foundation, a non-profit organization established to support artists who are under recognized by the field. Her work focuses on a series of projects that will assist the foundation's new growth phase by deepening the capacity to make its programs more visible to a broader audience and ensure its relevance and efficacy.
Lissette was contracted by Harpo to lead and manage the marketing and outreach for their two fellowship residency programs, the Native American Residency and the Emerging Artist Residency. She developed and implemented a successful social media and marketing strategy that encouraged and strengthened Harpo's target audience engagement. Lissette's modern aesthetic lead the design and development of the organization's new website, implementing changes that pushed Harpo forward into today's digital culture.
Previously, Lissette was Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (2008-2012), the first investment program providing long-term financial planning opportunities to emerging and mid-career artists. As Regional Director, Lissette managed the APT New York, APT Los Angeles and APT Mexico City trusts. While at APT, Lissette adeptly sought out talented emerging and mid-career artists in the Americas. She was responsible for fostering 500+ artist relationships while encouraging a culture of long-term investment and growth.
As a Cultural Producer, Lissette coordinated the Bang! Music Festivals in 2005 and 2006. Each day event was held over a 12-hour period with 5 stages and over 75 performing acts, of which included Daft Punk, Modest Mouse and Duran Duran. Managing the complex logistics, A&R and a production staff of 12, Lissette was instrumental in running a seamless and professional event.
Lissette has over 15 years of well rounded experience in the arts. She has a strong professional multifaceted background in for-profit and non-profit management. As the first in her family to attend college, Lissette graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Florida International University. The importance of civic engagement lead her to volunteer as a panelist for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Grants from 2007-2014. Lissette is a member of ArtTable and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
Lissette believes the opportunity of being a National Urban Fellow will prepare her with the necessary skills to play a significant role in the public sector as an advocate for the arts.