MARSHELL JONES KUMAHOR has been named vice president of education & community engagement at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She brings to the NJSO more than a decade of experience in nonprofit arts administration and consulting. Kumahor had formed a marketing partnership with David Bury & Associates to provide fund-raising strategy and staffing solutions for arts education providers in the New York metropolitan area. She had earlier served as associate program director of grantmaking for the New York City-based Center for Arts Education, and as program coordinator for residencies at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. A Baltimore native with a background in jazz and choral singing, Kumahor graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1992 and subsequently earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of California. As a Fulbright scholar she spent a year studying dance and music and researching national dance companies in West Africa.   

Posted July 31, 2009