Laura Scanlan

State & Regional Director, Partnership Team Leader

Laura Scanlan serves as the director of State and Regional Partnerships. In that capacity, Scanlan provides direction concerning NEA funding and other assistance to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and the six regional arts agencies.

Previously, Scanlan founded the consulting practice Creative Cultural Strategies in 2007, providing professional advisory services for nonprofit organizations in the cultural sector. She was senior vice president for fund development and marketing at the Delaware Community Foundation, comprised of 970 charitable funds, $165 million in assets, and annual grants of more than $12 million. From 2001 to 2006, Scanlan served as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, the state agency responsible for providing financial, technical, and promotional support for Delaware's cultural resources.

Previous to her work in the arts, she was senior vice president of public affairs at First USA Bank, Bank One Corporation, and held senior sales, marketing and product development positions at CoreStates Bank in Philadelphia and at the First National Bank of Chicago.

She has served on the boards of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Delaware Theatre Company, the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau and St. Michael's School. During her tenure at the Delaware Division of the Arts she co-hosted the weekly radio show, Delaware State of the Arts.

Scanlan received her bachelor's degree in psychology and biology at Mount Holyoke College and her master's degree in business administration at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.