Washington Studio School is run by a small but dedicated staff, Board of Directors, team of volunteers and work-study students. 

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Managing Director,

Laila began her association with the Washington Studio School serving on the board of directors (2015-16) and has been in the role of Managing Director since February 2018. She brings more than 10 years of experience in arts management and communications, having served in leadership positions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, International Arts & Artists and Art Fraud Insights, LLC, among others. Her work at the community, gallery and museum levels includes addressing accessibility to the arts through establishing new business models and strategic partnerships, and utilizing new communications strategies and presentation models to reach and sustain new audiences. She has worked with such esteemed institutions as: Art Museum of the Americas, Chicago History Museum, Middle East Institute, National Building Museum, US Fund for UNICEF and Winterthur Museum, among many others. Laila’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Office of Arts in Embassies, U.S. Department of State and have been featured in The Washington Post, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and on Al Hurrah TV. She is a member of Museum HUE, and recently served on the executive committee of ArtTable Inc., DC, where she co-chaired State of Art 5/DC: A Conversation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She was awarded a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship in 2017 and 2019 and is an M.A. candidate in Arab Studies (arts, culture and society) at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. 

Jill Phillips, Head of Faculty and Artistic

Jill is the Head of Faculty and Artistic Director of the Washington Studio School. She has been teaching drawing and painting classes to adults and teens at WSS since 2004 and has had the privilege of being a student, atelier member, and member of the board of directors as well. She has taught in museums, schools and privately for more than 30 years. Jill’s undergraduate degree is from Washington University in St. Louis where she was in the School of Art, studying under Barry Schactman, Bill Kohn, Arthur Osver, and others. She spent 12 years building a graphic design business in Denver and DC before returning to graduate painting classes at George Washington University and the Certificate Program at the Washington Studio School. Her paintings and works on paper have been shown in solo and group shows in DC and nationally, including the Washington Studio School, Courtyard Gallery, Dimock Gallery, Artists Inn Residence Gallery, and Dumbarton Concert Gallery, and are held in private collections across the country.

Tricia Garey, Admin/Registrar & Model Coordinator,

Fadia Jawdat, Admin/

Peggy Greene, Atelier



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