Meet the Leadership

Compassionate. Transparent. Curious.

Jonas Cartano

Creative Senior Consultant

Jonas assists with data collection, coaching, and strategy for MCE.


With two decades of experience working with arts and culture and nonprofits, Jonas Cartano is a consultant, coach, program designer/manager, and process facilitator based in New York City. His work is grounded in education, program design and development, and change management.

He has designed and produced education programs for students, teachers, adults, and arts professionals and has a genuine interest in organizational innovation, adaptive leadership development, and design thinking including elements of human-centered design, audience research, prototyping, and evaluation.

As an executive and leadership coach, he has an independent practice and also works with clients through National Arts Strategies’ Leadership Coaching program. He has held staff positions at The Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chorus America, and EmcArts. From 2015-2022, Jonas was co-founder and partner of Third Eye Cultural Collaborative, an entrepreneurial partnership of independent arts and culture consultants.

“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

~John F. Kennedy