Indira Goodwine-Josias

Indira is a Black woman in a bright blue blouse. She poses in front of city buildings.

Indira Goodwine-Josias

Senior Program Director, Dance


Born and raised in Queens, NY, Indira Goodwine-Josias (In-dear-ah Good-wine Joe-sigh-us) believes in the power of art to educate, inspire, and advance change. With a dual background in dance and arts administration, she joined NEFA in 2019 and currently serves as the Senior Program Director for Dance where she directs NEFA’s National Dance Project and major dance initiatives in New England. Previously, she served as the Managing Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD) where she shepherded the organization through the attainment of 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, established the organization’s founding Board of Directors, enhanced the institutional and individual fundraising efforts resulting in at least a 30% annual budget increase since 2012, and provided oversight of the development, implementation, and continued growth of CABD’s dance engagement program, “EVERY BODY MOVE.” In addition, under her management and in partnership with PMG Arts Management, CABD has toured extensively throughout the United States as well as internationally. Prior to her leadership role with CABD, Indira held various positions at Harlem Stage that deepened community partnerships and enhanced the organization’s annual dance program, “E-Moves.”

Widely recognized for her entrepreneurial and artist-centered spirit, Indira is a 2016 New York Community Trust Fellow, American Express Leadership Academy Alumna, and Dance/USA DILT Program Alumna. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for The Black Genius Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts' Individual Artist Committee, and is a member of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).  Her contributions to the dance field also include serving as a programmatic thought partner, grant panelist, and conference speaker. Indira holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Florida State University and an MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.

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