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2023 Conference Speakers & Facilitators

The following speakers and facilitators are confirmed to speak at the 2023 Annual Conference. Check back often - speakers are continuing to be added. All speakers are subject to change.

August 16
Opening Keynote

August 18
Closing Keynote

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Vice President & Artistic Director of
Social Impact
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Learn more about Marc

Lara Downes
Classical Pianist & Cultural Activist
Learn more about Lara



Aubrey Bergauer
Changing the Narrative

Chelsea Chambers
Executive Director

Peninsula Symphony of
Northern California

Jenny Darlington-Person
Executive Director
Music in the Mountains

Kevin Eberle-Noel
Executive Director
Redlands Symphony Association

Tiffany Fajardo
Patron Experience and Community Engagement Manager
Berkeley Symphony

Issy Farris
Vice President of Operations & Education Long Beach Symphony

Maria Esther Fernández
Artistic Director
Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Alicia Gonzalez
HR Expert and ACSO Board Member
Alan Harrison
Author & Nonprofit Arts Specialist
501(c)(3) Guru

Ruth Hartt
Culture for Hire

Jamei Haswell
Board Member
Santa Rosa Symphony & ACSO

Jeremy Hatch
Principal Consultant
RSC Fundraising

Catherine Heitz New
Executive Vice President
RSC Fundraising

Eman Isadiar
Director of Development
Santa Rosa Symphony

Nuri Kye
Director of Development
Marin Symphony
Patricia Lock Dawson
City of Riverside

Richard Lonsdorf
Executive Director
New Century Chamber Orchestra

Natasha Miller-Zahn
VP of Finance
Santa Barbara Symphony

Drew Oberjuerge 
Executive Director
Riverside Art Museum

Bailey Pasch
Senior Analyst, Digital Marketing
Capacity Interactive
Tyler Rand
Member Advisor
Advisory Board for the Arts

Kelly Ruggirello
Long Beach Symphony

Jessica Schmidt
Principal Consultant
Orchestrate Inclusion

David Taylor
Arts Entrepreneur, Coach, Consultant

Meghan Umber
SVP, Programming
LA Phil

Julia Ward
Director, Humanities
Los Angeles Philharmonic

John Wineglass
Composer &
ACSO Board Member