Meet Our Team


The Lead Action Team (LAT) convenes monthly to guide and oversee the work of the Alliance. Each member will be leading one of our Stakeholder Groups: Business, Community, Arts Education Sustainability, Funders and Youth. Over the course of 2018 members will convene small groups to share and engage around the Community Plan.

Sophie Fanelli, Stuart Foundation

Mahea Gaskin, The Village Method

Mark Gaskin, The Village Method

Rachel Hull, Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Rachel Osajima, Alameda County Office of Education

Louise Music, Alameda County Office of Education

Alliance Staff:  Jean Johnstone, Interim Project Director, Carolyn S. Carr, Community Engagement, Tassiana Willis, Youth Leadership, Sierra Falcon, Communications Strategist & Web Design


The Leadership Roundtable (LRT) has over 25 active participants that include teachers in K-12 and higher ed, school board members, a youth artist, members of arts organizations, and funders, and convenes monthly. Each Lead Action Team member is automatically on the Leadership Roundtable. Each LRT member joins  one of the Working Groups: Community Engagement, Communications and Data.


leadership round table

Aeesha Clottey
Attitudinal Healing Connection

Ashanti Branch
Ever Forward

Cyndy Wasko
Alameda County Office of Education

Derek Fenner
Alameda County Office of Education

Eric Engdahl
California State University, East Bay

Hilary Dito
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Judi Burle
Teacher Representative

Lina Buffington
Innovate Consulting

Shirley Brice Heath
Stanford University


Todd Berman
The Art Don't Stop

Angela Zusman
Story for All

Ed Porter
Total School Solutions

Frances Phillips
Walter & Elise Haas Fund

J. Mia Tsui
Alameda County Office of Education

Julia Marshall
San Francisco State University

Liz Ozol
San Francisco Arts Commission

Michelle Holdt

San Mateo County Office of Education

Wendy Donner
Abundance Foundation

Ann Wettrich
California College of the Arts

Charles Chip McNeal
San Francisco Opera

Dana Cilmi
Sausalito Art Festival

Elizabeth Broderson
American Conservatory Theater

Francisca Sanchez
Provocative Practice

Julie Fry
California Humanities

Nasha Lindo
California Arts Council

Robin Mencher
KQED, Education

Stan Hutton
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Yvonne Cerrato
Alameda County Board of Education

lead action team

Rachel Osajima
Alameda County Arts Commission

Sophie Fanelli
Stuart Foundation

Jean Johnstone
Teaching Artists Guild


Louise Music
Alameda County Office of Education


Jean Johnstone Interim Project Director

Louise Music
Lead Action Team Member

Carolyn S. Carr
Community Engagement Lead

Sierra Falcon
Communications Strategist & Web Design