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Sixth & I names first COO

Sixth & I, the premier center for arts, entertainment, ideas, and Jewish life in Washington, DC, is thrilled to welcome Ian Keener as its incoming Chief Operating Officer (COO). Following an extensive national search led by Good Insight, Keener begins his new role on May 15th.

“Ian has the operational skills and vision to ensure Sixth & I exceeds the expectations of the thousands of visitors who enjoy our programs year-round,” said Heather Moran, Sixth & I’s Chief Executive Officer. “As an experienced nonprofit professional, Ian’s track record of success, combined with his passion for Sixth & I’s mission, make him a perfect fit for this role.”

Keener joins Sixth & I in the midst of unprecedented growth and that aims to deepen social justice work and invest in attracting a greater diversity of top-shelf talent to contribute to Sixth & I being an inclusive home for cultural and spiritual life. Keener will be the organization’s first COO.

“It is uncommon to find a place of work where your career and philanthropic ideals are intrinsically met, and I feel that Sixth & I is one of those rare gems,” said Keener. “I am ecstatic to be joining the team.”

About Ian Keener

Keener comes to Sixth & I from Bishop Walker School. As a member of the school’s executive team, he advanced the school’s strategic goals and in pursuit of its mission to alter the educational and social trajectories of boys from traditionally underserved communities in and around the District.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC, Keener has ten years of experience in operations, development, HR and facilities for nonprofits. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and young sons, cherishing the history and cultural diversity of the area.

About Sixth & I

Sixth & I presents a range of programming against the stunning backdrop of a historic synagogue that dates back to 1908. Founded in 2004, Sixth & I is a center for arts, entertainment, ideas, and Jewish life in Washington, DC.

Sixth & I inspires more meaningful and fulfilling lives through an unexpected mix of experiences that embrace the multi-faceted identities of those it serves. Across wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and accessible experiences, Sixth & I celebrates the unexpected intersections between culture and spirituality and, in so doing, expand our sense of what’s sacred. Sixth & I’s unique model uses wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and accessible experiences to celebrate intersections between culture and spirituality. Sixth & I is committed to developing programming that embraces audiences from all walks of life and religions, while still holding true to the organization’s core beliefs and values. To learn more, visit

About Good Insight

With a mission to connect good causes to great leaders, Good Insight is an executive search firm serving the social sector. They plan leadership transitions, recruit talented senior executives, and strengthen boards of directors. Good Insight focuses on leadership searches for small and mid-sized nonprofits with a nationwide reach. To learn more, visit

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