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Taneshia Nash Laird named new executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton

After a national search, the Arts Council of Princeton has selected Taneshia Nash Laird as its new executive director.
A regionally and nationally recognized leader in arts and economic development, Ms. Nash Laird will serve as the Arts Council’s third executive director since the organization’s founding in 1967.
Ms. Nash Laird is currently the owner of Legacy Business Advisors, a community development consultant firm that provides strategic communications, business development and finance strategies to social entrepreneurs and government agencies. Previously, she was co-founder and chief marketing officer of MIST Harlem, a multimillion-dollar cultural and entertainment center focused on the African and Latino diaspora.
From 2006-2011, Ms. Nash Laird served as executive director of the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), where she led a reorganization that focused on business development, place making, and tourism. With the belief that the arts are essential to the revitalization of an urban community, Ms. Nash Laird launched a new community art gallery and the Destination Trenton cultural tourism initiative. Under her leadership, TDA won an Award of Recognition from the New Jersey Historical Commission and a Diamond Award from the New Jersey Tourism Association.
“Taneshia Nash Laird is an exciting new leader for the Arts Council of Princeton as it moves into its next half-century,” said Ted Deutsch, board president of the Arts Council of Princeton. “She brings a unique blend of arts, economic development and marketing expertise that will help us deliver on our mission in creative ways and deepen our outreach to the greater Princeton community.”
Ms. Nash Laird will succeed Jeff Nathanson, who announced in June that he would step down at the end of 2016. She will begin to transition into her new role in December and be in place full-time immediately after the new year. 

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