Maren Brown works independently, as well as in concert with a network of associates who complement her work with clients.
Schoenfeld is an independent arts management consultant that works with Maren Brown Associates on state arts agency planning and other projects. For 25 years she has led efforts in nonprofit and public sector arts service organizations to promote cultural development by training and providing technical assistance to artists and arts administrators, providing strategic planning services, conducting research and providing analysis about arts in the community, developing and supporting peer learning networks, and managing funding programs and other resources to ensure that arts and cultural opportunities are available to the widest possible audience.
Schoenfeld currently serves as National Coordinator for the six US Regional Arts Organizations and represents them as an advisory member on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board of directors. She is an Adjunct Lecturer for the Goucher College MA in Arts Administration program, and serves frequently as a facilitator and a grant evaluator.
Schoenfeld recently served as the coordinator for the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response. At Americans for the Arts, Schoenfeld developed and implemented professional development opportunities for the field, including a two-day conference on cultural districts, the economic development track in three AFTA conventions, and numerous trainings and conference presentations. She also coordinated the work of the US Urban Arts Federation, consisting of the CEOs from arts agencies in the 60 largest US cities.
She worked for ten years at the Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington County, Virginia, served as Executive Director of the League of Historic American Theatres, as Grants Officer at the Vermont Arts Council, and as a gallery assistant at the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (now Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) in Minneapolis. Schoenfeld has a MA in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.