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Soulstress, Artist, Experience Curator

Sara Shalva is the chief arts officer at the JCC of Greater Baltimore.

Though consistently drawn to the performing arts, she has a thorough background in leadership roles. Born in Nicaragua, Sara grew up in Northern Virginia. She studied political science at Mary Washington College, later becoming a Taub Fellow at New York University, where she earned graduate degrees in nonprofit management and Judaic studies. Her stateside career experience includes serving as director of enrollment management at Hebrew College, executive director of Limmud New York, program officer for Jewish life and learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington, D.C., and assistant director at the Pearlstone Center.

Sara lives in Pikesville with her husband Benjamin and their two children. The family belongs to Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and Sara is also active at Beth El Congregation’s Soul Center.