Nathan Hewitt (he/him) is a worker, fiscal sponsorship nerd, and “full-stack” radical administrator fascinated by solidarity-based community decisionmaking processes and governance structures. He is currently on the team of Open Collective, Open Source Collective, and Open Collective Foundation.
He previously worked with a major US fiscal sponsor as well as in small business operations, grantwriting, theatre administration, community arts programming, and noncommercial radio. Also a musician and activist, Nathan is based in Queens, New York.
While a Program Associate at Fractured Atlas, Nathan advised hundreds of independent artists across the United States. He also led staff-organizing efforts before the onset of COVID-19 and later designed and implemented a solidarity-centered approach to the division of work on the Programs team, helping to inspire a more cooperative approach to governance within the organization.
While researching the giving practices and finances of hundreds of wealthy donors and foundations as a Research Associate at Donorly, Nathan also composed the first-ever successful grant proposal for RIP Medical Debt, an innovative charity that has now forgiven over $4.5B in medical debt across the United States. Later, Donorly brought him back to create the Operations and Finance Manager position, coordinate its anti-racism work, implement a more equitable hiring process, and revitalize all areas of its operations, from invoices to icebreakers and everything in between.
At Actors Theatre of Louisville, despite the departure of more than half of the development team (and all of his “supervisors”), Nathan led a successful $20,000 fundraising campaign for the Apprentice Company and coordinated a $40,000 silent auction. He also attended the organization’s board meetings, where he gained a much deeper understanding of how organizations approach challenges, whether financial, cultural, or operational.
As General Manager of WRFL 88.1FM Radio Free Lexington, one of the few remaining 24/7 live-deejay noncommercial stations in the US, Nathan oversaw the implementation of numerous technological and operational improvements. He also worked with the legal team to update the station’s approach to FCC regulations. Alongside 17 part-time team members and over 100 volunteers, he stewarded the station through two years in a temporary space, maintaining its culture and building strong connections with the University administration to ensure that it will serve the community for years to come.
Alongside community members from both sides of the border in 2016, Nathan was a co-creator of the Naco-Bisbee Mural Project, a bi-national public art initiative focused on promoting better public health at the US-Mexico border. Grade school students, artists, and community members from both Bisbee, Arizona, USA and Naco, Sonora, Mexico collaborated on the design and execution of four murals promoting healthy habits. Nathan’s other arts experiences include the Norton Center for the Arts, Binge Culture Collective, Creative Voice NZ, and Art After Hours Lexington, as well as over a decade of classical percussion training.
Nathan is an active volunteer and activist. He was involved in the 2019 actions at the Whitney Museum via the De-Institutional Research Team (DIRT), whose work is described in detail in Laura Raicovich’s “Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest.” Nathan also created an 18-page media landscape report for Extinction Rebellion NYC, compiling feedback from across the political spectrum, and was involved in the campaign to stop the North Brooklyn Pipeline. He has served on the Gala Committee of American Indian Community House. More recently, he was invited to speak to the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) on the topic of digital security and collaboration. He is a member of the online solarpunk community Merveilles Town.
Nathan is a StartingBloc Fellow and alumnus of the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities. He is a former volunteer with the Unfunded List and engaged with nonprofit finance through Northwestern University’s Center for Nonprofit Management. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky, where he founded the Arts Administration Society and was runner up for for the campus-wide Singletary Award as a result of his leadership in student organizing, student government reform, and anti-racist coalition-building. He received a B.A. in Arts Administration and B.M. in Music Performance (Percussion) with a minor in Visual Studies.