Nash Laird is currently the owner of Legacy Business Advisors, a community development consultancy that provides strategic communications, business development and finance strategies to social entrepreneurs and government agencies. Previously, she was cofounder and chief marketing officer of MIST Harlem, a multimillion-dollar cultural and entertainment center focused on the African and Latino diaspora.
Nash Laird, was recently tapped by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to be a
grants panelist, providing recommendations on funding place-based projects throughout
the country in the Art Works: Design category. She currently serves on the board of the Art
Pride NJ Foundation.
“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.”
"As an area resident for nearly two decades, I’ve watched the Arts Council of Princeton
grow significantly, and I have experienced first-hand the many ways in which it invites area
residents to engage in the arts through its diverse programming," added Nash Laird. "I’m
thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this deeply respected organization with such a rich
legacy of community building. For me, the appointment fulfills a lifelong dream to lead a
regional arts organization and make a significant community impact."
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.
Added Deutsch: “On behalf of the board and the community, I salute Jeff Nathanson for 11
years of passionate leadership of the ACP during a time of tremendous organizational
growth. His tenure has left an invaluable imprint on the Greater Princeton community.”
Deutsch also thanked the Arts Council’s search committee, chaired by Board Secretary
Jim Levine, for its five months of dedicated work.
More about Taneshia Nash Laird
Nash Laird is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Still I Rise: A Graphic History of
African Americans, which depicts Black history in a 210-page comic book format. In
October she was the recipient of an award of recognition from the Princeton Committee of
the United Negro College Fund.
Nash Laird earned her BBA in Marketing Management from Bernard Baruch College, City
University of New York, and a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the
Institute for Ethical Leadership Rutgers University School of Business.
About the Arts Council of Princeton
The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission
of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for
the Arts, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including
exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and
workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts. Arts Council of Princeton programs
are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse
population in the greater Princeton region.
For more information, visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.