Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival). Most recently he became the Inaugural Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose + Place at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. The mission of Ignite/Arts Dallas is to challenge the imagination of students and citizens to foster more just and vibrant communities through art and culture experiences. Clyde is also a Community + Culture Fellow of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.