Ruth C. Mercado-Zizzo
Ruth C. Mercado-Zizzo is the Senior Director of Arts and Equity at EdVestors, a Boston education non-profit, where she facilitates building an inclusive and equitable organizational culture and community, and is responsible for managing BPS Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort to expand quality arts education in schools across Boston Public Schools through a public-private partnership. She previously worked at the Boch Center and People’s Light and Theatre. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Arizona State University, where she was honored with the Herberger College of Fine Arts Research and Creative Activity Award, and is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a past recipient of an Ann Shaw Fellowship, and has served as Treasurer and board member of TYA/USA. Previously, Ruth served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is an alum of the National Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute and National Arts Strategies/University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Recently, Ruth was the Operations Director for Createquity, an online think tank that synthesized research pertaining to the arts.