Young Audiences, the statewide nonprofit that boosts student achievement by bringing arts integration into classrooms and children’s learning experiences, has hired Leyla Layman as its new chief operating officer and named Kurtis Donnelly, the current COO, as the director of Summer Learning.
Layman is a career public servant, most recently serving as Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Chief of Staff for the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Child Support Administration where she managed strategic initiatives to increase program effectiveness and worked to identify and create systems to improve operating efficiency.
Previously, Layman was director of the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention and was responsible for program oversight, expansion, and evaluation. Under her leadership, youth outreach increased by 150 percent.
Donnelly’s transition to director of Summer Learning comes as Young Audiences expands its focus on year-round learning, implementing and growing programs in the summer. In his two years as COO, Donnelly streamlined the success of Young Audiences’ Summer Arts & Learning Academy while implementing and coordinating all of Young Audiences programming.
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