awards for arts achievement
Michael Newton Award
Steven Spiess, CPA, is the executive director of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a leading New York City law firm. He joined Cravath in 1992 as tax manager and has since then held various positions of increasing authority, including director of finance and director of administration. He was named executive director in 2002. A founding board member, he served previously as treasurer, sits today on many committees, is the vice chair of Americans for the Arts Action Fund, the chair of Arts & Business Council of New York, and is a member of the board of the National Coalition of United Arts Funds, which Americans for the Arts oversees. Mr. Spiess served as a board member and treasurer of the American Council for the Arts (ACA), and was a member of the team responsible for managing the formation of Americans for the Arts through the merger of ACA with the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies.