Founder & Chief Creative Officer
For more than a decade, Drew has built multidisciplinary projects, coalitions of partners, strategic communications platforms, and resource mobilization initiatives at the intersection of arts and culture, youth development, education, and global social justice. Drew’s diverse professional experience includes leadership roles in music as one of the founding Directors of Education for the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ) and in international development as the Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Communications for the leading US philanthropic organization dedicated to India, the American India Foundation.
Drew holds a Certificate in Social Enterprise Management & Impact Investing from Middlebury College, and Social Sector Leadership from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; an M.A. in International Development Education from Columbia University Teachers College; and a B.A. in Economics and French from Northwestern University.
Director of Programs, Europe & Asia
A Music Action Lab alum and co-founder of Music Action Women, Sevana Tchakerian is a French-Armenian musician, songwriter, educator and tour manager. Though classically trained on piano and vocals, she grew up singing and playing Armenian folk melodies. In 2012, she co-founded the Collectif Medz Bazar, a multi-ethnic band rearranging and creating traditional and original songs combining middle-eastern and balkan folk, hip-hop, chanson, cabaret, jazz and latin influences, where she sings and plays accordion.
In 2015, Sevana moved to Armenia to initiate Tsap-Tsapik, an inclusive music program aiming at rural educational development and pedagogical innovation. She is working to publish the first preschool music education curriculum in Armenian language. In parallel, she has created Dayl’Ayl Production, a tour management agency aiming at promoting Armenian musical talents internationally.
CEO, Opportunity Collaboration
Topher has been convening and connecting people for the purposes of social change for over a decade, starting with co-founding the Highland City Club, a membership community of 300 change-makers in Boulder, Colorado, to managing Dunton Hot Springs, one of North America’s top all-inclusive resorts and retreat centers, to leading the Opportunity Collaboration, a global network of 1200 nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, impact investors, corporates and academics building sustainable solutions to poverty, and finally with creating Conveners.org, a group of over 150 fellow conveners and accelerators in the impact space.
His purpose is to convene and connect nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, impact investors and all other agents of positive change, thereby building the ecosystem for the social sector and creating greater opportunities for international social and economic justice.
Director of Development, SFJAZZ
A strategic nonprofit executive with more than 15 years experience driving organizational growth, Barrett has been building and engaging audiences for jazz and world music for the past decade. After honing his skills in membership and major gifts for the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ), he became Director of Development in 2013, completing a $64 million+ capital campaign for the world’s first freestanding facility dedicated solely to jazz, the LEED-certified SFJAZZ Center. In this capacity, he has overseen exponential revenue growth in SFJAZZ’s evolution from nomadic organization to city arts institution.
Earlier in his career, Barrett managed strategic planning projects with the Consulting & Research team at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and grants for the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Barrett is also active in the local community, serving on the Board of Zambaleta School of World Music and Dance, and volunteering with Refugee Transitions and the International Rescue Committee.
Dr. Monisha Bajaj
Chair, International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D, is Professor and Chair of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Bajaj is the editor and author of six books, including, most recently, Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum—particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts and sustainability—for non-profit organizations and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. She is the recipient of the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award (2015) from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2016, she co-authored an annex on Transformative Human Rights Education to the report of the Global Citizenship Commission, chaired by former British Prime Minister and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown.
Music Program Director, Organization of American States
Award-winning composer, conductor, and cultural leader Mariano Vales has been at the forefront of music initiatives for social change for the past decade across Latin America, the Caribbean, and South America. As Music Programs Director for the Organization of American States, Mariano has designed and led orchestra programs for at-risk youth and violence prevention projects in Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and El Salvador. Mariano is also Music Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program and its conductor.
He serves on the faculty of the Global Leaders Program of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and has taught or lectured at leading institutions including Yale University. As composer-in-residence at GALA Hispanic Theatre, the National Center for Latino Performing Arts, his musical “Momia en el closet: The Return of Eva Perón,” received two Helen Hayes Award nominations. Mr. Vales holds degrees from Yale University, Florida State University, and Universidad Católica Argentina.
Director of Programming, Stern Grove
Judy Tsang is the Director of Programming at Stern Grove Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing an admission-free performing arts summer concert series in San Francisco, she curates a wide variety of music and performance genres to serve the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Festival takes place in the stunning natural amphitheater at Sigmund Stern Grove, one of the most unique performance venues in the country. Ms. Tsang has sat on panels at international conferences and for the National Endowment for the Arts, Globalfest Touring Fund, Western Arts Alliance, and San Francisco Arts Commission. She is an advocate for Bay Area artists and is an ambassador for the San Francisco Music Alliance. She is also a member of Women of Color in the Arts, an organization dedicated to creating an equitable, inclusive and diverse performing arts field. Ms. Tsang is a San Francisco native and a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Multimedia Director, San Francisco 49ers Academy
With more than thirteen years working with youth through multimedia and the performing arts, John is a recognized community leader for arts-based youth leadership in the Bay Area. After serving as Performing Arts Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, John founded Design Build Create, where he has led the construction, setup, and programming of multimedia centers across the country with partners including the NFL, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
As the Multimedia Director of the San Francisco 49ers Academy, John serves some of the region’s most underserved youth with innovative arts and technology program throughout the school life cycle, and regularly leads major youth-led productions such as an original hip-hop production at the Warfield San Francisco in 2015. John holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Northwestern University with a concentration in vocal performance and jazz studies.