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Julianne Brienza, Ward 6

Governance Committee Chair

Julianne Brienza is a disciplined organizational leader with distinctive experience developing opportunities for artists, creatives, and communities that are both significant and sustainable.

In 2005, she founded Capital Fringe, a DC-based non-profit with a mission rooted in the freedom of expression and earning opportunities for artists and creatives. Since then, she's served as driving force for the vision, community presence, and the growth of the organization's financial footprint from $300,000 up to $1.7 million, and increased opportunities and the establishment of key partnerships and artist-driven programs.

Prior to her role at Capital Fringe, Ms. Brienza created the Mead Theatre Lab Program, a performing arts program offering intensive production and development assistance for performing and visual artists, writers, directors, producers, and independent theatre companies. There, she helped select artists and companies were selected by a community­ led volunteer advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals who also provided mentoring and professional development throughout the program term. Ms. Brienza has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Business, Performing Arts and Leadership, Viterbo University in 2020, the non-profit CEO of the Year from the Washington Business Journal in 2015 and the Visionary Leadership Award at 31st Annual Mayors Arts Awards in 2015.

A Ward 6 resident, Ms, Brienza received a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Theatre from Viterbo University.

Contact Email: [email protected]

Commissioner Since: July 24, 2023

Current Term Ends: June 30, 2025