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Sunny Sumter

Sunny Sumter
Executive Director
(202) 800-8230

Sunny Sumter is Executive Director of the DC Jazz Festival, a nonprofit service organization established in 2004 to present jazz-related cultural and educational programs in the nation’s capital. Its’ signature programs are the annual DC Jazz Festival and the year-round Roberta Flack Education Program. Prior to DC Jazz Festival, Sumter held management/director positions with the Aspen Institute, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.  Sumter earned her bachelor’s degree in music business from Howard University where she minored in jazz voice. As a professional vocalist, Sumter has performed at some of the finest festivals, performance venues, and clubs in the U.S. and internationally. She is a recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award.  Sumter was awarded the Aspen Institute’s Staff Achievement Award for Excellence.  She was host of Jazz Central on the BETJ network. She is a member of Americans for the Arts, National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative; and served as a program director member of the National Collaboration for Youth. Sumter lives in Kensington, MD with her daughter, Layla (14 years old), and her son Kobi (9 years old).