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 caae@artsed411.org.

Policy Council

Organization Representative Title
Alameda County Office of Education DEREK FENNER Arts Learning Program Manager
Arts Council Santa Cruz County SARAH BROTHERS Arts Education Manager
Arts for All DENISE GRANDE Director of Arts Education
Arts for LA SOFIA KLATZKER Executive Director
California Humanities JULIE FRY* President & CEO
California Art Education Association (CAEA) ARMALYN DE LA O President
California Arts Council JOSY MILLER Arts Education Program Specialist
California Association of Museums VERONICA ALVAREZ Director of School and Teacher Programs
California Dance Education Association (CDEA) JENNIFER LA CURAN Co-President
California Department of Education JACK MITCHELL** Secondary Arts Consultant
California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) KRISTA CARSON ELHAI President
California Federation of Teachers GINGER FOX LAUSD Itinerant Performing Arts Teacher, Dance
California Labor Management Initiative, CDE Foundation ED HONOWITZ* Project Director
California Music Educators Association SCOTT HEDGECOCK President
California School Boards Association SUSAN HENRY President
California State PTA DONNA ATRUKOVIC Legislative Advocate, Education
California State Summer School for the Arts Foundation HEIDI KERSHAW Executive Director
California Teachers Association JAMES BENANTI Liaison
Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates DALOUGE SMITH Representative
CCSESA Arts Initiative SARAH ANDERBERG Director
Crayola KRISTEN WALTER Teaching and Learning Specialist
CreateCA PATRICIA WAYNE Program Director
CSU East Bay Arts Education Initiative ERIC ENGDAHL Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Inner-City Arts BOB SMILAND CEO
LA Phil LENI BOORSTIN Director of Community and Government Affairs
Latino Arts Network REBECCA NEVAREZ Executive Director
National Guild for Community Arts Education JEFFRY WALKER Trustee
Olive Grove Consulting  EMILY HALL Founder & CEO
P.S. ARTS KRISTEN PAGLIA Executive Director
Performing Arts Workshop EMILY GARVIE Executive Director
San Bernardino County Music Educators Association CARL SCHAFER Music Consultant
San Francisco Arts Commision LIZ OZOL Program Officer, Community Investments
Teaching Artists Guild JEAN JOHNSTONE Executive Director
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts MARK SLAVKIN* Director of Education
Walter and Elise Haas Fund FRANCES PHILLIPS Program Director
Wats Associates WILLIAM TISDALE* Owner
Young Storytellers Foundation BILL THOMPSON Executive Director

* California Alliance Board    ** Government Agency Liaison

Revised 6/7/17