Originally from Chicago, Grant has lived in Paris since 2001. He holds a B.A. in Religion and a B.A. in Communication Studies with a filmmaking emphasis from the University of Iowa. Before joining Global Arts Corps, he was the research and programs officer during the inaugural year of Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination at its Paris campus. He is also a French to English translator, and from 2013-2018 he oversaw the cultural programming at the American Library in Paris, after a decade as a journalist covering France for TIME Magazine.