2016 Conference

Tafarai Bayne

Tafarai is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in the following areas: communications, promotion and outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program d

Eddie Cota

Eddie Cota is the founder of Champion City, a creative agency that works with brands, nonprofits and venues to develop impactful programming, brand marketing and multicultural strategy.

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, is the Director of Performing Arts for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Kenny Ramos

Kenneth Ramos (Barona Band of Mission Indians - Diegueño Iipay) was raised on the Barona Indian Reservation in San Diego County and holds a BA in American Indian Studies from UCLA.

Michael John Garcés

Michael John Garcés is the Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, a community-engaged ensemble, where he has directed several plays including Urban Rez by Larissa FastHorse, California:

Michael Reed

Michael Reed - Senior Director of Programs & Organizational Initiatives - has worked with ASU Gammage since retiring in 1995 from an international dance career. Mr.

Larissa FastHorse

Larissa FastHorse is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica.

Wiley Hausam

Wiley Hausam is proud to be a member of the Board of WAA and a long-time arts presenter (ED and programmer) in higher education settings (Stanford University, Purchase College and NYU).

Todd Walker

Todd Walker is a senior agent for The Windish Agency, heading the company’s Performing Arts department.

Jordan Peimer

As the recently appointed Executive Director of ArtPower, the presenting program at UC San Diego, Peimer is responsible for all aspects of the university’s presenting program.


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