Jamie Hand, ioby Board Chair
Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America
New York, NY

Jamie Hand brings a background in landscape urbanism, program design, and grantmaking to her role as Director of Research Strategies at ArtPlace America – a consortium of fifteen foundations, eight government agencies, and six financial institutions designed to position the role of arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development.

Previously, Jamie served as a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she launched and managed Our Town – the agency’s signature grant program to fund creative placemaking projects nationwide – and oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design programs. While in Washington, Jamie worked closely with the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to develop the competition brief and selection process for Rebuild by Design, building on her prior experience leading design competitions as Program Director at the Van Alen Institute in New York.  

She started her career in the Bay Area as a research assistant and project manager for public artist Topher Delaney. Jamie is coeditor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park, and she has consulted to clients including Community Solutions, Environmental Defense Fund, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the U.S. National Park Service, and the Trust for Governors Island.

Jamie holds degrees from Princeton’s School of Architecture and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and she serves on advisory committees to Kounkuey Design Initiative and Van Alen Institute.  Jamie was raised as an army brat at West Point, which to this day fuels her passions both for place and for public service.