Conrhonda’s passion for the performing arts is grounded in her dance background, sparked by taking after-school classes at a county-wide recreational facility in rural northeast Georgia. Having grown up with limited access to the arts, she understands the importance of exposing children to creative outlets and creating opportunities for artistic expression. Before joining the Howard Gilman Foundation, she gained fundraising, government affairs, and program development experience through working with South Arts, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Alabama Dance Council, Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. In addition to being a member of Women of Color in the Arts, her philanthropic commitments include serving with the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and the inaugural Port Authority Bus Terminal Advisory Committee. She holds a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with a minor in Dance Education from The University of Georgia.