I’ve served as Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the nation’s largest non-commercial media arts center and as a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation managing project, operating, capital and capacity building grants to over 100 organizations. In 2016 I was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice at Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities, teaching classes on managing cultural institutions and on arts policy.
I’ve Chaired the Funding Committee of Oakland’s Cultural Commission and the San Francisco Arts Loan Fund and served on the San Francisco Arts Task Force and on Brown University’s Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College. I am a trustee of the MOCA Foundation and Board Member of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and At The Crossroads, a San Francisco nonprofit working with homeless youth, a member of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage Advisory Board, and a Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizens Committee on Community Development.
I’ve served on Barack Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee and trained with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Spitfire Strategies and The National Arts Strategies CEO leadership program. I speak on arts, innovation and leadership at conferences internationally and have contributed to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Grants in The Arts Reader, KQED’s Perspective series and blogs.
At 23 I co-founded the comedy group Killing My Lobster and as its first Executive Director helped establish KML as a nationally acclaimed theater and film company, launching its award-winning film and new-play festivals (17 years later the group is still going strong).
I have History and English Literature degrees from Brown University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where I received the Lucius N. Littauer Award for academic distinction, contributions to the Kennedy School and the greater Harvard community and potential for continuing leadership excellence.
I live in the Mission District of San Francisco with my wife Megara and our inexplicably red-headed 6-year-old son Felix.