Jason Yoon joined New Urban Arts as its Executive Director in February 2008. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Finance and Operations at the DreamYard Project, a Bronx New York non-profit provider of arts education programs. He also founded and directed 7ARTS, a youth arts program for teenagers based in the Queens Museum of Art and worked as the Development Coordinator at the Explore Charter School, an award-winning public charter school. In his time as Executive Director of New Urban Arts, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized New Urban Arts as one of the nation’s 50 best youth arts programs and the United States Department of Education selected New Urban Arts as just one of 20 high school after-school programs to be included in a national study of best practices to be completed in 2010. In 2009, at a White House Ceremony, Jason accepted a Coming Up Taller Award on behalf of New Urban Arts from First Lady Michelle Obama. An initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Coming Up Taller award is the nation’s highest honor for the field of out-of-school time arts and humanities programs.
Jason has an MPA in public and nonprofit management from NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service where he was a Carl Long Dean’s Fellow and earned a BFA in painting and art history from the Rhode Island School of Design. While at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jason worked as an Artist Mentor in New Urban Arts’ after-school program. A native New Yorker, Jason currently resides in the West Broadway section of Providence Rhode Island.