Indian American policy analyst and political consultant Tooshar Swain has joined Americans for the Arts as director of public policy. He previously was director of public policy and advocacy at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is advancing the arts in the United States. Joining Swain is his NAfME colleague Josh Reynolds as director of public policy.
At the (NAfME), Swain oversaw “federal and state policy initiatives while supporting music educators in their efforts to advocate for their music programs,” according to his NAfME profile. During this time, he also served as a board member for both the Committee for Education Funding and the Title IV-A Coalition.
He began his career on Capitol Hill working on tax policy, judiciary, and healthcare issues in the United States Senate. Following his time on Capitol Hill, he joined the Biotechnology Innovation Organization where he worked on tax policy and financial service issues for emerging companies. He has also worked as both a policy and communications consultant for presidential and congressional campaigns.
“As the husband of a teacher and the father of two daughters, Swain has seen firsthand the need for the arts in a child’s life,” his NAfME says, adding that “this drives his commitment to advocacy for the arts on all levels.”