Board & Staff

Our Board of Directors represents a cross-section of the arts, education, legal, technology, business and philanthropic sectors. Our staff is experienced not only in arts administration and program design, but also in teaching and performing.


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415-974-5554, ext. 7260

Throughout his career as an arts administrator and marketing communications executive, John has had the privilege to work in both non-profit arts and commercial entertainment industries and has developed a variety of initiatives and programs that lead each institution into the new stages of development. Adept at building mutually beneficial business partnerships, John has developed a unique blend of creative, strategic, and entrepreneurial programs. He has worked for Blue Man Group Las Vegas, Mesa Arts Center/City of Mesa, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Magic Theatre and CuriOdyssey (Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education).

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Director of Arts Education
415-974-5554, ext. 7262

Christell Lewis is an arts educator, actor, singer, and dancer. She is dedicated to empowering youth through arts education. As an arts educator, Christell believes that every young person should have the opportunity to experience the power of the arts. She has provided transformative opportunities for young people through her work with children's theater companies, public schools, and non-profit organizations. She received a BA from Howard University in Journalism, and a MA from New York University in Educational Theater.

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415-974-5554, ext. 7268


Kirah has spent over 15 years in social services, working in youth and family services, on both the east and west coasts and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from USF. She has served as Program Director and Director with many youth-serving non-profits including Larkin Street Youth Services, First Five of California, Project Avary, Junior Achievement, and the Boys and Girls Club. Kirah also served in the US Peace Corps as a volunteer, teaching grades K-12. She also founded her own bilingual Spanish preschool and is a mom of three boys.

In addition to her role as the Program Operations Manager, she has been a lead dance and music teaching artist for YANC for over eight years, working with grades TK-6. Kirah is also member of Phoenix Azul, an Afro-Cuban salsa team based in Oakland.

Board of Directors

Kelly Pollard, President

Erick Kostuchek, Vice President
Su Rim, CPA, Treasurer
Beth Miller, Secretary

Susan Abbott Martin, Susan Moon, Sarah Nantais, Justin Warren, Don Wexler

Honorary Board of Directors

Thomas P. Campbell
Director and CEO
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Gretchen B. Kimball
National Board Member
Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Matthew Shilvock
General Director
San Francisco Opera

David Stull
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Michael Tilson Thomas
Music Director Laureate
San Francisco Symphony