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Kerri Stewart named interim executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 4:44pm  |  Updated: January 29, 2014 - 9:47pm
012914 -- Keri Stewart -- Cultural Council Interim Director
012914 -- Keri Stewart -- Cultural Council Interim Director

Kerri Stewart, who served as chief administrative officer for Jacksonville mayors John Peyton and Alvin Brown, has been named interim executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Stewart steps into the position about two weeks after Kim Bergeron, who had been on the job less than three months, stepped down.

Stewart, who is a partner with Infinity Global Solutions, will not be a candidate for the permanent job but will lead the Cultural Council until a new executive director is chosen.

In September 2011, Stewart left City Hall to join IGS, which consults with clients on economic development projects. While at IGS, Stewart has also served as interim executive director for both Visit Jacksonville and LISC Jacksonville.

“Kerri’s recent success providing interim leadership for other established Jacksonville nonprofits made her an obvious choice to help during this time of transition for the council,” said Cultural Council board chairwoman Diane Brunet-Garcia.

Stewart joined Peyton’s administration in 2003 and served in several capacities before being named chief administrative officer in January 2010. In that job Stewart directed a workforce of almost 5,000 people and managed a $1 billion municipal budget and $164 million annual capital improvement plan.

The Cultural Council will be reopening a search for a permanent executive director. Interested candidates can apply online at www.culturalcouncil.org beginning Friday.

Stewart said her goal will be to “strengthen key relationships with partners, funders and stakeholders.”

The Cultural Council serves as an advocate for Jacksonville’s arts community. It administers the city’s Cultural Services Grant program, which in the past fiscal year distributed $2.47 million to 22 cultural organizations. It manages the city’s Art in Public Places program and the annual Arts Awards. Last year, it announced the creation of a Spark Arts District downtown and a Spark Grant Program to encourage art downtown.

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