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Deputy Executive Director of Agency Operations
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About the Deputy Executive Director of Agency Operations
Petra H. Maxwell serves as the NY State Council on the Arts Deputy Executive Director of Operations in which capacity she oversees all internal operations of the agency, contract management, HR, fiscal and legal matters. Petra is a licensed attorney and has spent over 25 years working as a senior leader and in-house counsel for both non-profit organizations and government institutions.
Early in her career, Petra worked in Chicago City government in the Harold Washington administration overseeing economic development initiatives that necessitated the collaboration between the Departments of Cultural Affairs, Economic Development, and the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training. She has founded and led nationally recognized youth development non-profits and has won numerous awards, both locally and nationally, for her work in developing innovative community service programs in both Chicago and in New York City.
Before joining the Council on the Arts in early 2013, Petra served as Associate Counsel in the Executive Chamber focusing particularly on non-profit initiatives.
Petra holds a law degree from Harvard Law School; an M.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University; a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire; and she is a certified mediator and arbitrator.
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