Sarah Van Anden joined CCL in 2016. As Senior Programs Manager, she leads program planning, fundraising, communications, and strategic initiatives, working with Fellows, alumni, supporters, and the Board of Trustees to develop and carry out the organization’s full schedule of activities. Prior to joining CCL, Van Anden was a Program Officer with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. As a member of the Programs Unit, she oversaw a portfolio of more than 140 New York City cultural organizations and helped distribute over $30 million annually through the Cultural Development Fund, the city’s open, competitive funding process for arts nonprofits. In her earlier position at the Shelley and Donald Rubin family office, she was part of the curatorial team responsible for organizing exhibitions and programs extending from the Rubins’ philanthropic activities centered on art and social justice. Her additional experience includes positions with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Art in America, the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library, and Research and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. She currently vice president and treasurer on the board of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
Van Anden received her M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College, where she focused on art collecting in early modern Europe. She began higher education at the Community College of Philadelphia before completing her B.A. at Temple University with a dual major in History and Art History.