Olive joined the Foundation in 2000 and since that time has managed its arts portfolio and related initiatives. Additionally, she serves on Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council and, for six years, served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts, a national affinity group. Olive was involved in the founding and implementation of the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project and sat on its governing board, helping launch the initiative into a national program and later as an independent nonprofit organization.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Olive served in a White House appointment during the Clinton Administration as Director of the Office of Policy Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, working with both Jane Alexander and Bill Ivey.
For four years, Olive worked as Executive Vice President and COO at the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA; now Americans for the Arts) and for five years served as Executive Director of National Artists’ Equity Association, both in Washington, DC. At NALAA, Olive oversaw operations, served as staff liaison to the board, and assisted in policy and advocacy initiatives. At Artists’ Equity, she worked with an all-artist board to educate artists on business principles and to pass legislation like the Visual Artists’ Rights Act and consumer protections such as improved toxicity labeling for art materials.
Olive holds a M.A. in arts management from American University, studied art history at the graduate level at Northwestern University and earned a B.F.A. from Howard University.