Anna Pietraszko is an arts executive, educator, double-bassist, choral conductor and an activist whose mission is to reestablish music’s central place in the development and education of all young people. After her initial involvement as Miami Music Project’s volunteer in 2009, Anna was appointed the organization’s Managing Director in January 2010 and later became its Executive Director. Demonstrating exceptional energy, dedication and organizational ability, she is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, long-range strategy, financial objectives and operations. Her strong pedagogical background helps her guide Miami Music Project through its exciting growth and implementation of innovative El Sistema-inspired programming. Anna earned her Masters in Music Education from the Szymanowski Academy of Music in her native Poland, a Graduate Certificate in Double Bass Performance from the University of Southern California, and trained at the Developing Leaders program of the Columbia University’s Business School. As a music educator, Anna has taught children in Miami and some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods. As a strong proponent of giving back, Anna co-founded and directs annual Summer Trombone Festival in Poland, serves as a Board Member of El Sistema USA, and regularly contributes as a grants panelist for various organizations in Florida.