Maura Cuffie-Peterson is a facilitator and strategist working at the intersections of economic justice and arts & culture. Currently, she serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Guaranteed Income program at Creatives Rebuild New York, stewarding one of the largest guaranteed income demonstrations in the nation. Previously, she was the Senior Program Officer for ArtPlace America from 2018 to 2021. During that time, she conceived and executed the Local Control, Local Field(s) initiative, a novel approach to participatory and trust-based philanthropy. This initiative placed over $12.5M directly under the control of practitioners across the country.
She has held a variety of positions in arts, culture, and organizational change. As a co-founder of the collective, the Free Breakfast Program, she participated as a Create Change Fellow with the Laundromat Project in 2015 and in the inaugural cohort for leaders of color in EmcArts’ Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators Fellowship in 2016