About HumanitiesDC

HumanitiesDC believes that we can transform our lives through the power of art, music, architecture, literature, history and culture. These are the humanities – the things that shape us as individuals and bind us as a community.

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Our Mission

Founded in 1980, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HumanitiesDC) aims to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants.

Our Vision

Our vision is to transform the District of Columbia through the power of the humanities. The humanities are our human ties – the processes and documentation of our human experience. The humanities provide our sense of identity, place, and community. The humanities encourage us to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. The humanities help us to know our past, make sense of our present, and envision our future. Incorporating the humanities disciplines into our lives will strengthen our civic engagement, unite us during times of triumph and tragedy, provide us with new insights, and make District of Columbia neighborhoods better places to live.

Who We Are

Our Impact

Grants Given

Since HumanitiesDC’s birth, more than 2,000 funding opportunities have been awarded to members of our community.

Neighborhoods & Communities

The DC Community Heritage Project grants have impacted more than 50 neighborhoods and communities by preserving local history.

Programs & Partnerships

HumanitiesDC is proud to offer a range of programs providing rich experiences.

Preserved Stories

Thanks to our long-standing partnership with the DC Historic Preservation Office, over 600 stories are accessible to anyone in DC and beyond.

Curricula Developed for Students

Since HumanitiesDC’s birth, more than 2,000 funding opportunities have been awarded to members of our community.

Humanitini Events

Our monthly Humanitini program has brought over 70 engaging panels of humanists into DC bars and restaurants to discuss our great city’s history and future.


Events and Job Listings on CultureCapital

CultureCapital cultivates public participation in the arts, and creates partnerships between Washington’s artistic and business communities. We provide a public resource for the best of DC, Maryland and Virginia performances, museums, galleries, classes in The Arts, and more. In addition, our Job Bank is Metro DC’s source for recruiting and finding arts administration jobs.

Our Leadership


HumanitiesDC is staffed by a dedicated team who commit their talents to preserving DC’s unique and valuable cultural history. Our team members work together to bring engaging and enlightening humanities programming to the people of Washington, DC.

Jasper Collier manages all aspects of the DC Oral History Collaborative program. Jasper has previously worked in curatorial and collections management at the Dittrick Medical History Center and President Lincoln’s Cottage. He has also held positions with the National Building Museum and the Western Reserve Historical Society and has worked as an independent consultant in historical research. Jasper holds a Master of Arts in Public History from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Case Western Reserve University.
Andrea Carroll McNeil oversees HumanitiesDC’s grants portfolio supporting cultural and educational programming and projects, having previously served as a Program Manager at Goodwill Industries International. She has significant experience with grants management, program development and implementation, community outreach, corporate relations and volunteer management. Andrea holds a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health from Trinity Washington University, a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University.
Tracey Mullery aids in the coordination of HumanitiesDC’s programs, grants, and volunteers. Tracey has over a decade of experience in arts and cultural organizations, having spent much of this time in museum management. She has experience with forward facing work, such as visitor and member experience, social media and email engagement, as well as volunteer and database management. Tracey holds a bachelor of arts in Art History and Environmental Policy from Rutgers University.
Stephanie Scott is the Operations Manager at HumanitiesDC. She initially joined HumanitiesDC in 2009 as the Executive Assistant. She has over 20 years of administrative experience which also includes development and construction project management and marketing. Prior to joining HumanitiesDC, Stephanie was the Executive Administrator for a DC-based Historic Restoration and Painting company responsible for preserving historical buildings as the Tivoli Theatre and President Lincoln’s Cottage.
Damika Baker is responsible for HumanitiesDC’s fundraising and marketing efforts. With over a decade of development experience in the creative and cultural sector, Damika has worked in senior leadership positions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Academy Art Museum. Damika holds an undergraduate degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Maryland-College Park and is a 2018 Museum Leadership Institute NextGen Fellow (formerly Getty Leadership Institute).


HumanitiesDC is governed by a diverse Board of Directors, including four Mayoral appointees. They bring a wide array of talents to their role as stewards and guides of the organization including: humanities scholarship, communications and marketing, fundraising and development, advocacy and public programming.

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Cole Fiala is a connector of people and dots with expertise in cross-cultural collaboration, relationship building, and project management. He is currently looking toward 2026 and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States while cultivating federal and international partnerships for the America250 Foundation. His previous work spans more than 50 countries, first with U.S. Department of State public diplomacy programs at Meridian International Center and, more recently, with National Geographic traveling exhibitions. On the local level, he enjoys serving on the Board of HumanitiesDC and volunteering with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Cole earned his MA in Museum Studies from Marist College and the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici and his BA in Art History and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He can often be found taking his dog on long walks, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and traveling with his husband to destinations near and far.


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Lee Murphy has a passion for helping people achieve their dreams. Her mission to assist her clients to navigate their path to home ownership has driven her to become a premiere realtor in Washington, DC. As featured in the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Murphy has consistently been ranked in the Top 20 in Individual Sales Volume since 2014 for the Washington, DC area. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies and French from Austin College and the American University in Cairo.

Evelyn Boyd Simmons is a senior executive with broad and varied experience with Fortune 100 companies, federal and civic governments, nonprofits and entrepreneurial ventures. A committed civic leader, Ms. Simmons has been an active parent and community leader on education and school issues. She is a past President of the Logan Circle Community Association, having previously been awarded the organization’s Community Improvement Award. Ms. Simmons is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She is a certified Partnership Broker and Parent Leadership Training Institute Facilitator and an alum of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow program at Harvard Business School and Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).

Maceo Thomas is an advocate in the local creative community with over 10 years of experience in programming and event planning. Receiving his Masters in Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Thomas has applied his instincts for public service to creating opportunities for artists in Washington, DC. Working with musicians and painters alike, Mr. Thomas has created various programs including a monthly art exhibit and music festival, garnering the recognition of The Community Foundation with the Linowes Award in 2011. He is is currently a real estate sales associate and independent property manager in the DC and Maryland area.


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