Jessie Youngblood joined the Arts and Education Council in January 2019 as Director of Development. In this role, Youngblood cultivates and manages individual, corporate and foundation donors and prospects for the Arts and Education Council. Youngblood also has direct oversight of the Arts and Education Council's membership groups: the Muse Society (women’s leadership giving) and Young Friends of the Arts. She works closely with the President and Vice President to devise comprehensive strategies for future growth through new funding initiatives as well as securing investments in the Arts and Education Council’s arts incubator, the Centene Center for the Arts, and sponsorships of programs like the St. Louis Arts Awards, Arts Leadership and Management Academy and others.
Youngblood is passionate about local arts and culture and has served a variety of arts organizations in the community, including Metro Theater Company, the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Jazz St. Louis, and the St. Louis Symphony.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, she relocated to St. Louis in January of 2013 after completing her Master’s of Music in Violin Pedagogy at Boise State University. Youngblood has been playing the violin for twenty-three years and performs in a variety of ensembles; from a 180-person full orchestra and chorus in Eisenstadt, Austria, to a string quartet behind legendary jazz pianist Billy Childs, and currently an Electric Light Orchestra tribute band.