Marete Wester serves as Senior Director of Arts Policy and the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM) at Americans for the Arts (AFTA), where she advances cross-sector policy issues and strategic alliances nationally and internationally. In this capacity, she also serves as the AFTA Project Director for Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts’ Military Healing Arts Network. Her work in support of military connected populations includes managing the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military—an effort that brings military/civilian agencies together to advance the use of arts and creativity as tools for health for all service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. She holds a bachelor's of music performance degree from Wilkes University, PA and a master's degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Senior Director of Arts Policy and the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military