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Architecture foundation names new leader

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The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture has named Amber Litwack, formerly with ahha Tulsa, as its new executive director.

Litwack succeeds Amanda DeCort, who resigned in 2020 to relocate to Chicago.

Litwack held several positions during her tenure with ahha Tulsa (formerly the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa), and most recently served as Director of Education and Exhibitions.

As part of the organization’s Executive Leadership Team, she developed and oversaw such projects as “The Experience,” ahha Tulsa’s large-scale immersive exhibition series; “The Studio,” a fine arts-focused maker space; and Any Given Child-Tulsa, a national partnership among the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the city of Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools and 14 Tulsa arts and cultural institutions.

“We selected Amber from a strong list of candidates,” said Ted Reeds, chairman of the TFA board of directors. “She impressed us with her ability to present both a passionate case for who we are and what we do and her organizational leadership skills. These two traits in unison will build TFA into a vital community organization that truly can impact Tulsa’s worldwide perception.”

Litwack has spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector and has extensive experience in program development and evaluation, community partnerships, fundraising, strategic planning and public presentation. Litwack also serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of museum studies at the University of Tulsa.

Litwack will be responsible for the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture’s day-to-day operations, community programs and partnerships, fundraising efforts, marketing and community engagement, archive management and historic preservation initiatives.

Litwack holds a BFA in graphic design and a BA in art history from the University of Tulsa, a MA in arts education from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Oklahoma State University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Tulsa Foundation for Architecture,” Litwack said in a statement. “I look forward to expanding TFA’s impact through innovative programs, partnerships, archives and historic preservation initiatives that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover why design matters.”

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