Meet the Government and Public Affairs Team

Jay H. Dick

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs
Favorite Art Form: 

Conversation and Debate

Jay is responsible for building working relationships with state arts advocacy and service organizations and with state elected officials. With the mandate to influence the policies that promote state funding for and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the 50 State Arts Advocacy Captains and the State Arts Action Network and Council to accomplish this goal.

Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Jay was an account manager at Capitol Advantage (Capwiz), where he was responsible for building working relations with clients to enable them to fully use their online legislative action centers to build strong grassroots advocacy programs. Previously, Jay was the manager of member advocacy at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), where he was responsible for overseeing activities relating to organizing and implementing initiatives and member legislative involvement.

Prior to SHRM, Jay worked for the Society of Plastics Industry in their public policy department, focusing primarily on federal and state legislative issues. Jay spent the 1996 campaign cycle in his home state of Iowa working as the field director for a congressional campaign in Iowa's 3rd District. From 1993 to 1996, Jay worked for Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey as a legislative assistant and briefly for Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa as a staff assistant.

Jay received his B.A. in political science with a concentration in American history from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, in 1993. He currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

Government and Public Affairs