Jeannette Ibarra Shindell is a Chicana from Southern California who works as a socially committed arts administrator. At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., she is the program advisor for diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. As an agent of change, she uses plática, rooted in empathy and care, to hold space and center historically marginalized voices. Through dialogue and giving agency to those most affected, she encourages new ways of working that value belonging and co-creation. In 2014, she received an M.F.A. in studio arts from San Diego State University, where she became a social practice artist and spent a year in the university’s Curandera Scholar Activist program. She holds a B.A. in film and digital media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her spare time, when she’s not watching Netflix, you’ll find her DJing, weaving, printmaking, and building community one carne asada at a time.
“I am thrilled to participate in NALAC’s Leadership Institute, because I value leadership through a Latinx lens. I cannot wait to learn from and be with a cohort of peers and professionals who are part of the the Latinx arts and culture community. Thank you for making this possible.”