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I have been working in our field for over 15 years, with 9 of those years at the Harmony Project in Los Angeles. I grew the organization from about 250 students at one site to 2,000 students across 14 sites during that time. I have experience in board development, fundraising, budgeting, finance, and strategic planning. I’ve built and maintained high-profile and challenging partnerships with the likes of the LA Philharmonic, LA Unified School District, LA City College, City of LA, and the Sheriff’s Foundation in Compton (to name only a few). Besides program design, strategic partnerships and innovative cost-sharing business models are my strength. As an artist, I am proud that we provide work to over 150 musician teaching artists in LA – and that we all feel a sense of purpose in our art and our community.

Two things happened recently that are a turning point for me – 1. I graduated with my MBA this May. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (besides making a playable oboe reed) and I want to put these newly attained skills to work. 2. I have more to offer. This is my life’s work. I believe in access for everyone, and I will spend the rest of my life doing what I can to open doors for children who cannot open them on their own and level the playing field in America.

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