The Preliminary judging panel

Taneshia Nash Laird


Taneshia Nash Laird is an accomplished leader with a remarkable career that reflects an unwavering dedication to leveraging the arts as a platform for community and economic development. In January 2017, she was appointed the Executive Director of The Arts Council of Princeton, an award-winning nonprofit organization with a rich history of presenting community-focused, cultural programming in the greater Princeton, NJ region.

A graduate of Bernard Baruch College in Manhattan with an extensive career in business development, Taneshia has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony, and Rolling Out, and regularly gives talks across the country on the intersection of the arts and economic development, and social entrepreneurship.

Taneshia serves on the corporate board of - and chairs the strategy and operations committee of - KD Dids Inc, the New York City manufacturer of the KD New York brand of dancewear and athleisure apparel.

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