ParaleeKnight_HeadshotParalee Knight on behalf of Wells Fargo

Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA — Corporate Philanthropy Award


Paralee Knight Bio

Paralee Knight is the Community Relations Consultant in the Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations group at the Wells Fargo Foundation for NY, NJ, and CT. In this role she manages the coordination of Contributions Committees related to Philanthropy Operations that are responsible for resource coordination of complex enterprise-wide programs.  In this capacity she also works on initiatives and processes for Wells Fargo’s reputation management in the communities it serves, as well as team member engagement.

Her prior work at Wells Fargo includes being a Senior Client Associate with the Private Bank in Wealth Management where she provided client services for philanthropic consultants to Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) families and non-profit organizations.  She also provided grant management, being an active liaison between non-profits seeking support and the philanthropic missions of trusts managed under will by the bank.

Paralee is also actively involved in the music industry where the scope of her work has included song writing, artist management, artist development, consultation, music production, event planning/management, creative direction, and video production assistance.  She is a BMI affiliated songwriter/publisher and an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Paralee’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for, a nonprofit organization that creates innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and arts education out of its partner venue World Café Live. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a non-profit collective dedicated to building universal music education in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.