Caron Atlas holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago. She is director of Arts & Democracy and of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY). Ms. Atlas teaches at Pratt Institute and Hunter College and serves on the participatory budgeting citywide steering committee. Previously, she worked at Appalshop, an Appalachian cultural centre, and directed the American Festival Project, a national coalition of activist artists. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow and is a Coro Leadership NY alumnus.