When Taneshia Nash Laird was hired to replace outgoing executive director Jeff Nathanson, the Arts Council board noted that she brought “a unique blend of arts, economic development, and marketing expertise” that would “deepen our outreach to the greater Princeton community.”

The welcoming reception for Nash Laird reflected both the diverse background and the community outreach. Guests included corporate executives as well as fulltime artists. People came from across the state and around the corner.

Nash Laird served as executive director of the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), from 2006 to 2011, focusing on business development, place making, and tourism. Nash Laird launched a new community art gallery and the Destination Trenton cultural tourism initiative.

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