WHO WE ARE
DEI Arts Consultants bring creative insight and practical expertise gained through a combined 60 years of experience working as entrepreneurs, artists, and administrators.
Our ability to leverage a robust and diverse network of professional and community relationships for each project and organization is what makes DEI Arts Consulting an effective advocate and resource for our clients.
Jeri Lynne Johnson
Jeri Lynne Johnson has spent a career creating innovative strategies and programs to dramatically improve community engagement, audience participation and cultural diversity in the arts and culture sector. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Jeri established a 21st-century model for American orchestras to find better ways of combining artistic excellence and organizational innovation with cultural diversity and meaningful community engagement. Her programs and initiatives innovation has garnered numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In addition to working within the arts and culture sector, Jeri leads engaging workshops and devises strategies for major corporations looking to increase creativity, innovation, and effective leadership practices, and organizational alignment for employees and management.
Diana Harris, MBe, PhD
Lead DEI Training Facilitator
Dr. Harris, with a masters in bioethics and a doctorate of public health, is a self-described public health ethicist and community scientist by trade, with an extensive and demonstrated track-record driving unique intersectoral, systems level strategic collaborations and partnerships, executing a diverse research and evaluation public health portfolio, and disseminating to a range of audiences – all using a social-health equity lens. Dr. Harris believes there is an art to science and a science to art and has an intuitive ability to draw from and connect both crafts to drive holistic community readiness, capacity and solutioning in developing and sustaining inclusive spaces and fostering authentic alignment between organizations,stakeholders and the communities served by them. Dr. Harris draws extensively from her analytic, methodological and scientific expertise to contribute to DEI strategic (ie, vision and mission, position statement) and tactical planning (protocols and processes) at the enterprise level, (corporate, scientific, organizational), and equally draws from her own personal and published narrative as a driver of thought-provoking, didactic - training instruction, often reading an excerpt from this piece to generate rich, authentic engagement and reflection about in/equity influences in our own lives and its impact in shaping our navigation of organizational structures.
Larry Williams’ 25+ year career as a professional hornist, professor, administrator, consultant, mentor, and innovator includes current appointments at Johns Hopkins University as a Provost’s Fellow, and faculty member at The Peabody Conservatory of Music. Larry is the founder of The American Studio Orchestra, an innovative multimedia ensemble based in Baltimore. Larry is a Yamaha Artist & Clinician, and serves as Principal Horn of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. He has worked on and led diversity initiatives in universities throughout the US, and has served as a consultant for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and arts presenting organizations.