Staff

Executive Director
Brandi Brandes


House Manager
Larry Chin

Booking Manager
Max Lopez

Program Curator
Mahealani Uchiyama

Studio Manager
Kathy Reyes

Marketing Associate
Ariel Plantz

Bookkeeper
Jessica Lombardi

 

Door & Security
Edwin Thaxter
Solomon Tyrell
Rick Warren

Café Staff
Emily Earl, Café Manager
Renee Chin
Teala Holmes

Maintenance
Terry Turney
Angelo Lafranco

Sound Engineers
Joe Balestreri
Max Lopez
Chris Miner
 

 


Board of Directors

Ashkenaz Board of Directors
Chris Ullsperger, President
Kwanzaa Medani, Vice President
Francine Sosa-Lewis, Treasurer
Emily Earl, Secretary
Larry Chin
Mitch Fine

Brian Rodvien


Role of the Board

The role of the Ashkenaz Board of Directors is to provide governance, establish policy, work to bring in needed financial resources, and create the vision for the future of Ashkenaz.
* attend Board meetings on the third Monday evening of the month
* actively participate in at least one working Board committee, contributing their ideas, time and skills
* actively participate, in a variety of ways, in the work of Ashkenaz’s fundraising program
* attend Ashkenaz events
* advocate for and publicize Ashkenaz


Attend a Board Meeting

The public is welcome at Ashkenaz Board Meetings, usually held at Ashkenaz on the third Monday of every other month (fourth Monday in January and February). Meetings take place in the Green Room at 7:00 pm. From 7:15 to 7:30 pm, members of the public are welcome to make open comment.

Find Out About Becoming A Board Member
 The Ashkenaz Board of Directors is seeking committed, qualified community members with a passion for Ashkenaz to help build the future of Ashkenaz!

The Ashkenaz Board of Directors serves the Ashkenaz community in accordance with the Ashkenaz mission, works for the well-being and growth of Ashkenaz, reflects the diversity of the community that uses it, and the broader community of which it is a part.


Skills and Experience
Some of the desirable (but not necessary) skills and qualifications are:

* Fundraising skills, including annual fund campaigns, proposal writing, special event planning
* Business and financial advisors
* Connections in the community that support outreach and fundraising efforts
* Nonprofit management experience
* Legal advisors
* Marketing and PR experience, graphic skills
* Supporter of David Nadel’s vision for Ashkenaz
* Sound and lighting technical skills
* Computer and website technical skills
* A sense of humor!


Our Recruitment Process
 
If this sounds interesting, fulfilling, and enticing to you, you are encouraged to attend board meetings, and to volunteer in some capacity for two to three months. Dialogue with the Board about your thoughts, questions, and interest during this time. Provide a resume and conflict-of-interest disclosure statement to the Board. You may be invited to participate in a conversation with the Board about your directorship. The Board votes on a candidate’s directorship. New Board members will partner with a board “buddy” for ongoing orientation.

For more information, please contact Brandi Brandes, Executive Director brandi@ashkenaz.com 

Thank you for your interest in supporting Ashkenaz’s mission!


ashkenaz artistic advisory council

Arwen Lawrence, Cascada de Flores
Baba Ken Okulolo
Carolyn Brandy, Ojala! and Women Drummers International
David Lloyd, Arts Programming Consultant
Jorge Liceaga, Cascada de Flores
Mahealani Uchiyama, Center for International Dance
Rick Bonde, Tahoe Artists
Suzy Thompson, Master Musician, Band Leader, and Artistic Director
Vicki Virk, Dholrhythms Dance Company
Yaelisa Valenzuela, Caminos Flamencos