McKenzi Swinehart

As grants and services manager, McKenzi is responsible for implementing and overseeing grants programs, resource development and community engagement. She leads the Project Support grant process and program evaluation, manages the grant submission platform and team technology needs, oversees the Fellowship and Award portfolio and researches industry trends for strategic implementation in the department.

Prior to joining the Arts Council in 2017, McKenzi served as the director of programs and development at Reno Little Theater, where she designed and executed the overall fund development plan, engaged with donors and sponsors, and oversaw the educational outreach and accessibility programs. In addition, she was a core member of the Artistic Leadership Team, participating in season planning, guest artist selection, casting, directorial oversight, and efforts to cultivate new talent.

McKenzi has a Bachelor of Arts in theater and political science from the University of Nevada, Reno and has served on the grant review panels for the Nevada Arts Council and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. McKenzi is a proud graduate of Leadership Columbus, Class of 2019.