Board of Directors
After 40 years as president and producer of eta Creative Arts Foundation, co-founder Abena Joan Brown is stepping down as president. Effective March 1, 2011, Phillip Thomas will assume the position of president/CEO of the non-profit organization, one of the oldest and most prominent African American cultural institutions in the city of Chicago.
A son of eta, Thomas served as its development director from1996-2000.Most recently he was Senior Program Officer of Community Development at The Chicago Community Trust. In that capacity, he focused on developing program priorities, managing the budget and conducting grant application reviews and evaluations.
“This is a full circle moment for me,” said Thomas. “eta is where it all began. I’m honored to have been selected to serve as president and CEO and will do all that’s possible to lead its continued growth."
Phillip Thomas, President/CEO
Runako Jahi, Artistic Director
Kemati J. Porter, Producing Director
Darryl Goodman, Technical Director
Nichelle Weathers, Business Manager
Kenneth Simmons, Building Manager/Photographer