Policy Council

The Alliance’s Policy Council is composed of allied partners from education, business, arts and parent organizations. Working in conjunction with the Board of Directors, it is charged with authoring the Vision Framework [PDF: 116KB] and recommending annual Strategic Priorities, which guide the work of the California Alliance. By engaging a broad cross section of stakeholders, this enables Alliance to focus on the most pressing issues and concerns facing arts education at the state and local levels.

Membership in the Policy Council is open to all organizations that have an ability to mobilize people and advocate on behalf of arts education. The goal is to build a Policy Council that has a balanced representation among education, business, arts and parent organizations.  There is an annual fee for participation on the Policy Council. The fee covers the cost of participation and provides general operating support for the Alliance’s programs and services. The Policy Council meets twice annually, rotating between Northern and Southern California. For more information, email Joe@artsed411.org.

Policy Council

SARAH ANDERBERG Director CCSESA Arts Initiative Sacramento
DONNA ARTUKOVIC Legislative Advocate, Education California State PTA San Francisco
JAMES BENANTI Liaison California Teachers Association Redlands
LENI BOORSTIN Director of Community and Government Affairs LA Phil Los Angeles
SARAH BROTHERS Arts Education Manager Arts Council Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz
ARMALYN DE LA O President California Art Education Association (CAEA) Corona
CELESTE DEWALD Executive Director California Association of Museums Santa Cruz
KRISTA CARSON ELHAI President California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) Claremont
ERIC ENGDAHL Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education CSU East Bay Arts Education Initiative San Rafael
DEREK FENNER Arts Learning Program Manager Alameda County Office of Education Hayward
GINGER FOX LAUSD Itinerant Performing Arts Teacher, Dance California Federation of Teachers Lomita
JULIE FRY* President California Humanities San Francisco
EMILY GARVIE Executive Director Performing Arts Workshop San Francisco
DENISE GRANDE Director of Arts Education Arts for All Los Angeles
KRISTEN GREER-PAGLIA Executive Director P.S. ARTS Los Angeles
EMILY HALL* President/CEO Olive Grove Consulting Belmont
SCOTT HEDGECOCK President California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Fullerton
JESUS HOLGUIN Immediate Past President California School Boards Association (CSBA) West Sacramento
ED HONOWITZ* Education Policy Advisor Senator Carol Liu, 25th Senate District Glendale
HEIDI KERSHAW Executive Director California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Foundation Pasadena
SOFIA KLATZKER Executive Director Arts for LA Los Angeles
SABRINA KLEIN Advisor at Large Teaching Artist Support Collaborative (TASC) of California Los Angeles
JENNIFER LA CURAN President Elect California Dance Education Association (CDEA) Anaheim
JACK MITCHELL** Secondary Arts Consultant California Department of Education Sacramento
REBECCA NEVAREZ Executive Director Latino Arts Network Pasadena
LIZ OZOL Program Officer, Community Investments San Francisco Arts Commission San Francisco
FRANCES PHILLIPS Program Director Walter & Elise Haas Fund San Francisco
CARL SCHAFER Music Consultant San Bernardino County Music Educators Association Upland
MARK SLAVKIN* Director of Education Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Beverly Hills
BOB SMILAND CEO Inner-City Arts Los Angeles
DALOUGE SMITH Representative Californians for the Arts, California Arts Advocates San Diego
BILL THOMPSON Executive Director Young Storytellers Foundation Los Angeles
WILLIAM TISDALE* Owner WAT Associates Los Angeles


National Guild for Community Arts Education

New York City

KRISTEN WALTER Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist Crayola, LLC Santa Monica
CRAIG WATSON Director California Arts Council Sacramento
PATRICIA WAYNE Program Director CreateCA  

* California Alliance Board    ** Government Agency Liaison

Revised 5/2/16