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Holly Sidford

Senior Associate

The Urban Institute
Washington, DC


Holly Sidford is a strategic planner and organizational developer with more than 25 years experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy. She is currently Senior Associate at The Urban Institute working on a major research project, Investing in Creativity: A Study of Support Structures for US Artists. She is also directing a planning effort to shape implementation strategies based on the study's findings. In addition to her work with The Urban Institute, since 1999 Ms. Sidford has conducted program planning for a range of nonprofit organizations and foundations, including the Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation and Joyce Foundation. Prior to that, she was the Program Director of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Associate Director of the Mass Council on the Arts and Humanities. She received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a certificate in nonprofit management from Columbia University School of Business, and has served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts, the National Association of State Arts Agencies, the Naitonal Jazz Service Organization and the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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