Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation, is a former public school teacher and the parent of a Maryland public school student. Sanford's senior executive career spans more than 25 years. She has managed annual budgets of more than 18 million dollars and capital funds of $200 million. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of 10 non-profit organizations, having contributed her vision and managerial expertise to institutions including a merger of The National Association of Local Arts Agencies and The American Council for the Arts that resulted in the major arts advocacy organization Americans for The Arts. Sanford currently serves on the Boards of The NAMES Project Foundation, Americans for the Arts, Hispanic College Fund, and The NEA Foundation. Sanford holds a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in Education from New England College.