Meet Our New Staff Members!

on November 2, 2020

We’re thrilled for you to meet our new staff members, Gilda and Francisco! Gilda is our new Associate Director of Communications, and Francisco is our Inside Out Community Arts (IOCA) Programs Assistant. We asked them a few introductory questions. See what they had to say! 


Briefly introduce yourself and explain your position at P.S. ARTS.

Gilda standing in front of her bookcase.

Hi! My name is Gilda Davidian and I recently joined P.S. ARTS as the Associate Director of Communications. My role includes overseeing communications in its various forms for the organization. Additionally, I raise awareness of the work that P.S. ARTS does and the positive impact it creates by providing high-quality arts education for so many communities.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I am currently enjoying The Idiot by Elif Batuman, a funny coming-of-age novel about a girl in her first year of college and her experiences with words and love and the ups and downs of self-discovery.

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

When I need a quick boost, I listen to “Take on Me” by A-Ha. It always gets me dancing. For a more relaxing vibe, my family loves Vince Guaraldi. My kids have had Robert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine on heavy rotation recently, which I enjoy too.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has such a vibrant art scene. There’s so much to take in! I love the programming coming out of smaller art spaces and community centers like the Women’s Center for Creative Work and Clockshop. I like seeing exhibitions that pose questions or bring things together in ways that expand our ideas of the world. 

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

I would love to sit with Maya Angelou and hear her talk about anything…and everything! I would also love to have a coffee and pick up roadside litter with David Sedaris, since that is a pastime of his.


Briefly introduce yourself and explain your position at P.S. ARTS.

Francisco stands in front of his bookcase.

Hi! My name is Francisco Uribe, and I’m the Inside Out Community Arts Program Assistant. My responsibilities include administrative and logistical support, as well as supporting our wonderful Teaching Artists.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Last Evenings on Earth, a collection of complex but provocative short stories by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

“Pride and Joy,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. I love blues guitar!

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, as well as the Laemmle Theatre; they play a lot of great arthouse films there.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

Emiliano Zapata. 


Thank you, Gilda and Francisco! We are so excited to have you as our new staff members. To learn more about our whole team click here.

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Wecome to the team, Liliana!

on March 25, 2019

Liliana Wolking, Senior Development Manager, Events and Individual GivingWe are thrilled to have Liliana Wolking join the team as the senior development manager, events and individual giving. We asked her a few “get-to-know-you” questions—see what she had to say!

Briefly introduce yourself and explain your position at P.S. ARTS.

My name is Liliana Wolking, and I recently joined the P.S. ARTS team as the senior development manager, events and individual giving. In this role, I will manage and execute all components of both the annual events: Express Yourself and the pARTy! Additionally, I will be working with donors and supporters, which I hope will contribute to the overall success of P.S. ARTS.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

BECOMING by Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama is one of my idols, and I was thrilled when she released her first book. I have just started reading it, but I am already impressed by her honesty and graceful storytelling ability. It is very nice to learn more about her journey and it reminds me that she is just a person too—granted she has one big beautiful life.

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

I have been listening to a lot of Lauren Daigle—her voice is both magical and beautiful. Every time I hear “Look Up Child” I smile and dance! Honestly, I have been listening to the entire album on repeat.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

I would say MoCA Los Angeles. I might be a little biased since that was where I began my career in the arts, but every time I visit, I am in awe. I am also really excited that Klaus Biesenbach is the new director. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the table. I am also a huge fan of the Underground Museum.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

Gosh, there are too many amazing options. If I could, I would host a dinner party and would invite Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maxine Waters, Dolly Parton, Beyonce, Maya Angelo (RIP), Lena Waithe, Oprah, and Tracee Ellis Ross. I genuinely admire how each of these women have lived their lives with passion, grit, grace, and tenacity. As pioneers, they have all broken boundaries and inspired countless women.

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Stephanie McGrathWecome to the team, Liliana!

Meet Joella, Our Interim Volunteer Coordinator!

on February 25, 2019

Joella Still, Interim Volunteer CoordinatorBriefly introduce yourself and explain your position at P.S. ARTS.

Hi, my name is Joella Still, and I am the interim volunteer coordinator for P.S. ARTS. My role is to manage the volunteer program, which involves outreach, recruitment, and communication with volunteers so that they can help support our teaching artist faculty in our in-school programs, as well as P.S. ARTS staff, students, and families in our community programs and events.

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Los Angeles to continue my careers in program management/youth development, the arts, and the intersection of the two. I enjoy playing the piano, dancing, singing, teaching, and working with the youth in our community.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

In the spirit of Black History Month, the book that is currently on my nightstand is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Although I’ve obviously heard of the book and am aware of the literary references, I have never actually read it in its entirety. So I like to make sure that during Black History Month I am either revisiting the literary works of black writers or engaging with material that is new to me.

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

The most played song I’ve been listening to is Cardi B’s “Money.” I know her producer who helped create this record, so I have a personal connection to it, and it just helps me stay motivated throughout the day, as it is a high energy song. As a pianist, I am always drawn to music that is heavy on the keys, especially urban music that is able to seamlessly integrate classical sentiments.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

My favorite place to take part in art right now would probably be the various pop-up museums. I just love how going to museums has become so fetch lately, and people are excited to engage with the art they are consuming. So it’s just been fun to see people learn about the various ways you can interact with art in museums and see the increasing awareness and engagement.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

I would love to sit and talk to Michelle Obama. She is the epitome of class, grace, and service, but also is a huge advocate of just being yourself and not letting other people define you. She’s a strong role model on how to navigate a society where black women face a lot of scrutiny for what we look like, how we dress, what we do, and how we communicate. She is an inspiration for combatting that scrutiny every single day because it is a daily challenge dealing with micro-aggressions, racism, and intersectionality in general. Oh, and she’s a genius.

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Welcome to the team, Karen!

on February 25, 2019

We are thrilled to have Karen Ramirez join the team as the program assistant. We asked her a few “get-to-know-you” questions—see what she had to say!

Briefly introduce yourself and explain your position at P.S. ARTS.

Hello! My name is Karen Ramirez, and I am very excited to join the P.S. ARTS team as the program assistant! I provide administrative and logistical support to our programs team and in-school faculty.
Karen Ramirez, Program Assistant

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Soledad by Angie Cruz. It is such a powerful novel, and I think everyone should read it if they find the chance. It’s heartbreaking at times but the main character is so strong!

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

“DANCE” by DNCE. It’s just catchy!

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

I went to the LA Art Exchange recently, and it was a lot of fun getting to know artists who are trying to get a start in their careers. I love places where artists can sell their crafts.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

Jorge R. Gutiérrez! He spoke at my university once, and I was so enthralled by his journey. I would love to hear more stories about his life and art!

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Stephanie McGrathWelcome to the team, Karen!

Meet Madeline, Our Newest Staff Member!

on October 30, 2018

Madeline Miller, Senior Development Manager, Institutional GivingBriefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.

Hi! I’m Madeline Miller and I’m the Senior Development Manager for Institutional Giving at P.S. ARTS. As part of the Advancement Team, I harness storytelling and data to strengthen P.S. ARTS’ partnerships with corporate, foundation, and government funders. I focus on tapping into funders’ interests and figuring out what motivates them to support arts education.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I’m reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson to get into the Halloween spirit—I’ve yet to determine whether I should avoid reading it at night. Up next is the last book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod/Spotify/Apple Music account?

I discover a lot of music on 88.5 KCSN, which introduced me to The War on Drugs. The song “Up All Night” from their latest album has been on heavy rotation for the past few months. It makes for a good soundtrack if you like to listen to music while writing.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

I grew up in LA and have always had a soft spot for LACMA and the Getty. They’re pioneers in enabling exhibition spaces to serve as community spaces.

Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet for coffee?

Tom Petty! He’s always been my favorite musician. I don’t think he ever put out a bad song and I admire him for creating influential music until the end of his life. I always loved his ability to write about everyday stories against a backdrop of soaring, powerful music.

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Meet Virginia, Our Bookkeeper!

on September 18, 2018

Virginia BroersmaWe are thrilled to have Virginia Broersma join the team as our bookkeeper. We asked her a few “get-to-know-you” questions—see what she had to say!

Briefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS:

My name is Virginia Broersma, and I recently joined the team at P.S. ARTS as the Bookkeeper. I am also an artist, but I do enjoy administrative and bookkeeping work so have worked in office jobs as my primary income while I pursue my career as an artist. Currently, I assist the Finance Director with tasks such as paying bills, running the payroll, record keeping, and data analysis, among other things. I get to see behind the scenes of how an organization like P.S. ARTS stays sustainable.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I’m currently reading a novel – Fates and Furies – by Lauren Groff. I picked it up at one of my favorite bookshops in Nevada City where my parents live. In the heart of gold country, this bookstore is in the original assayer’s office and even still has the old room-sized safe inside the store. The owner has such a great selection, and I think have probably read every book in the store because she is able to give great recommendations. She gave this book the thumbs up, and so far, it’s been a great read.

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

I use the Los Angeles Public Library’s various streaming services religiously and have been regularly borrowing Loma’s self-titled album. There is a song called “Relay Runner” that has a complex musical energy that I really enjoy. I put it on when I need to get moving or get focused.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

That’s a tough question. As an artist, I am very engaged with the art community and art world here in LA. I go to galleries and alternative spaces pretty much every week to see the current shows. But really my favorite place to experience art is in artists’ studios. Studio visits are always so rewarding – talking to someone else about their work is so informative, interesting, and always expands my world. It’s where the good stuff happens.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

I would love to sit down with Gertrude Stein for a cup of coffee in her salon in Paris. She was a trailblazer and an advocate for artists at a time when huge shifts were occurring in the possibilities of art. Her role in shaping the art world as we know it today by being a patron was incredibly significant. She became a hub for artists and writers and stimulated the Paris art scene through developing community that was both nurturing and at times combative. She did not fit into a box and lived life on her own terms – she didn’t let things like being a woman in a time when there were less opportunities for her hold her back. She seems a bit of an eccentric, and I like eccentric people. I think it would be incredibly fun and informative to have a conversation with her.

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CEO Kristen Paglia Celebrates 10 Years with P.S. ARTS

on July 23, 2018

2018 marks the 10th anniversary with P.S. ARTS for our CEO, Dr. Kristen Paglia. Over the last decade, Dr. Paglia (Kristi) has made herself an indispensable member and leader of the team. From the classroom to the boardroom, her wisdom, intellectual curiosity, and humor influence every part of P.S. ARTS. We asked a few members of the P.S. ARTS community to share their stories of working with Kristi over the last 10 years. Please join us as Kristi celebrates 10 years!

I literally don’t know anyone else who could think at the conceptual level she does, run a complex organization perfectly, and also supervise the toddler tumbling at Express Yourself.

There are so many wonderful things I can say about Kristi that I’m not sure where to start. Mostly I am inspired by her unwavering commitment to equity, and her determination to provide arts programming at the highest level to all of the kids we serve, regardless of any logistical challenges or funding issues. I literally don’t know anyone else who could think at the conceptual level she does, run a complex organization perfectly, and also supervise the toddler tumbling at Express Yourself. One of my favorite Kristi moments was when we were meeting Jorge for a site visit. Kristi was late because—as it turned out—her Uber broke down and instead of getting upset, she ended up providing counseling to the distraught Uber driver before continuing on to meet us. I love that story because it really shows both how authentically compassionate she is, and her remarkable ability to take anything in stride.

-Laura Fox, P.S. ARTS Board of Trustees Chair

Kristi with three board members at the pARTy! in 2018

Kristi always makes me laugh and just as importantly always makes me think. She pushes me, and those around her, to be better people. And to not take ourselves so seriously.

I knew from the first meeting I had with Kristi at the Foundation that we were going to be friends. From her sense of humor to her wild intelligence, I just knew this was someone I needed to have in my life. Kristi always makes me laugh and just as importantly always makes me think. She pushes me, and those around her, to be better people. And to not take ourselves so seriously. What a gift to have her sharing her talents with P.S. ARTS and the broader arts and education communities throughout Los Angeles for the last ten years. Here’s to many more!

-Matty Wilder, Senior Program Officer for The Herb Alpert Foundation

Kristi with P.S. ARTS students at the White House

Once she commits to a goal, she works diligently with everyone involved, listening to issues and concerns and following through on all details to make the idea a reality.

Congratulations to Dr. Paglia on her 10th anniversary with P.S. ARTS! Kristi began her career at P.S. ARTS the same year that I began my position as the Superintendent of the Lawndale Elementary School District. Kristi’s passion for providing a quality arts education for all students coupled with her knowledge of arts education and the ease with which she works with others helped to create a very strong partnership between the two organizations.

One of Dr. Paglia’s strengths in forming strong partnerships is her ability to take on projects that others would think impossible and bring them to fruition. Once she commits to a goal, she works diligently with everyone involved, listening to issues and concerns and following through on all details to make the idea a reality.

One fond memory of working with Kristi was our opportunity to take two students from Lawndale and a P.S. ARTS teaching artist to the White House STEAM Fair organized by Michelle Obama. These students had never been on an airplane or had any experiences outside the area of the South Bay. We spent a day at the White House preparing materials for the art projects provided to students by P.S. ARTS and then attended the event hosted by the First Lady with a surprise visit from President Obama himself!

Now, since my retirement, I have the privilege of serving on the P.S. ARTS Program Committee. I continue to observe Dr. Paglia as she brings fresh, creative, research-based ideas forward to make the impossible possible for quality and effective arts education for all students.

-Ellen Dougherty, Former Superintended of the Lawndale Elementary School District

Kristi with her daughter and P.S. ARTS staff members at an event

Ten years later, I’m still learning from Kristi and continue to be inspired by her vision for the organization.

Ten years ago, when we were searching for a new Program Director, we had a minuscule staff. When Kristi’s resume crossed my desk, I was so excited to read about her experiences in education as a dance teaching artist in public schools and a dance therapy provider in prisons. Her doctorate in education and dissertation on arts and autism were icing on the cake. As great as her resume was, the interview was even better. Her intelligence and warmth clearly shone through and I knew that she’d be a great fit for P.S. ARTS.

What I didn’t realize from the interview was that Kristi’s childhood spent as an elite gymnast gave her an abundance of freakishly inhuman strength. Do not let her petite stature fool you! Her first week at work coincided with the week before programs started and we had six schools worth of supplies and instruments to move. When I told her that I was going to be spending the next day hauling heavy wooden instruments and giant crates filled with arts supplies, she didn’t hesitate to offer her help and jump in. She showed up at the crack of dawn and for the next 8-hours hauled more than her share of 40-pound boxes of paint and about a million xylophones. She never complained. But when we were done, she said, “Doesn’t the school district have a facilities department that could do this faster and more efficiently than we can?” A question that had never occurred to me.

I learned a lot from Kristi at that moment:
1. Leaders always pitch in when something needs to be done and they never say, “That’s not my job.”
2. Just because you’ve always done something one way doesn’t mean that you should continue to do so. Innovate and iterate.

Ten years later, I’m still learning from Kristi and continue to be inspired by her vision for the organization. (I’m also still in awe of her Hulk-like brawn. If you ever need an anvil thrown across a field for some reason…she’s your woman.)

-Elda Pineda, P.S. ARTS Deputy Director

Kristi and P.S. ARTS staff pose for a picture at Grand View Elementary School

Thank you, Kristi, and congratulations from your P.S. ARTS staff!

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Meet Rebecca, Our New Program Coordinator!

on July 12, 2018

Rebecca Cardenas, Program CoordinatorBriefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS:

Greetings! My name is Rebecca Cardenas, and I am excited to join P.S. ARTS as a Program Coordinator working with our amazing Teaching Artists in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the El Segundo Unified School District. After receiving my BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco in 2010, I moved to Los Angeles to work in nonprofit youth programming in Boyle Heights and East LA. I recently graduated from UCLA with a Master’s in Education, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I’m currently reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I love how he incorporates humor when writing about science!

What is currently the most played song you’ve been listening to?

“Jealous Guy” by Donny Hathaway.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

There are wonderful live performances and visual artists featured at events in Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

What famous person, either dead or alive, would you choose to take out for coffee?

The film Singin’ in the Rain had a significant influence on my love for dance so I would choose to get coffee with one of my favorite performers of all time, Gene Kelly!

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P.S. ARTS Celebrates the Oscars!

on March 2, 2018

In honor of Staff Appreciation Day and to celebrate the upcoming Academy Awards happening right here in Los Angeles this weekend, we sat down with our Program Assistant “Oscar” to get his take on who among our team of staff and teaching artists brings a little something extra to P.S. ARTS.

And the Oscar goes to...

Oscar Ribbon

Best Office Stuntman

For his extraordinary, and in no way dangerous, roof jumping.
Lui Sanchez, Director of Extended Learning

Oscar Ribbon

Best Low Key Video Production

For her work on the P.S. ARTS video.
Stephanie McGrath, Associate Director of Communications

Oscar Ribbon

Best So Bad It’s Good Secret Crafty Pal Gift

For his creation of the Snowmen.
Guillaume Wateau, Director of Finance

Oscar Ribbon

Best Person Who Has the Answer to Everything

For being an office ninja.
Nikki Manibhai, Operations & HR Coordinator

Oscar Ribbon

Best at Leading Visual Arts Classes in Another Language

We could listen to her teach art in Spanish all day.
Martha, SMMUSD Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Most Original Song

For creating her one-of-a-kind Welcome Song.
Evelyn, LESD Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Best Teaching Artist to Dance on Camera

For making the Waggle dance look good on national television.
KJ, IUSD Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Most Adventurous

For taking on P.S. ARTS’ new district.
Rebecca, ESUSD Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Best Person to Make Learning Not Feel Like Work

For his outstanding presentations at our semi-annual Professional Development day.
Donzell, LAUSD Teaching Artist

Donzell at PD

Oscar Ribbon

Our Go To Hand Lettering Pro

For coordinating a week-long partnership with Society 6 at Whaley Middle School and for doing all our custom calligraphy work.
KT Leuterio, IOCA Coordinator

Oscar Ribbon

Most Likely to Bust Out a Song in Portuguese

For making sure the students in LUSD have a well-rounded arts education experience by bringing some music into their day.
Clarice, LUSD Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Best Breakout Roles

For leading the charge in their districts and representing P.S. ARTS at the front line.
Ivette, Wiseburn Teaching Artist
Danny, LHUSD Teaching Artist
Arlene, WCPA Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Best at Voice Overs

For the variety of voices he brings to Inside Out Community Arts.
Aaron, IOCA Teaching Artist

Oscar Ribbon

Best Interpretation of Business Casual

For the artistic modifications he makes on his clothing and shoes.
Oscar Navarrete, Program Assistant

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Meet Our Newest Additions to the Staff!

on January 18, 2018

Gaby PalmadessaBriefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.

My name is Gaby Palmadessa and I am the Advancement Assistant here at P.S. ARTS. I work with both Development and External Affairs to help out wherever needed. I recently graduated from UCLA with a BA in Art History and a minor in Study of Religion. Prior to transferring into UCLA, I received an AA in Art. Most of my experience revolved around museum work, but after serving as a K-12 Docent at the Getty Center I shifted gears a bit towards art education which led me to P.S. ARTS!

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I just recently checked out Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day by Jennifer lacovelli, seems like it will be an inspiring little read!

What is currently the most played song on your iPod/Spotify/Apple Music account?

I tend to listen to NPR when in my car; however, my Spotify playlist is a confusing variety of music.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

LACMA and the Hammer Museum will always have a piece of my heart when it comes to viewing art.

Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet for coffee?

That is a tough question! I think it would be amazing to meet with Kevin Beasley, I love listening to him speak about his art processes as well as experiencing it.


Ratri LertluksamipunBriefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.

Hello! I’m Ratri Lertluksamipun, the Associate Director of Event & Corporate Fundraising. My role is to raise funds and awareness about P.S. ARTS’ vital programs. Whether it is sponsoring an installation at our heavily-attended Express Yourself event or trying your hand at creating art through various mediums at the pARTy, your support progresses access to high-quality arts education.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

A stack of half-read magazines is taking up a lot of my nightstand real estate, mostly The New Yorker. I’m finishing Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil Degrasse Tyson and feeling more infinitesimal than my 5’1″ frame.

What is currently the most played song on your Spotify/Pandora/Apple Music account?

My most played on Spotify is Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” and it is always accompanied by my singing along, off-key, alone in traffic.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

I was born and raised in L.A. but spent most of my adult life in sunny San Diego. Rediscovering L.A. has been a rich and invigorating art and culture experience. My favorite way to take part in art–avoiding traffic–is following multiple L.A.-based museums and artists on Instagram, viewing their Insta-Stories and posts about upcoming events. Thanks to occasional work perks, I’ve had the opportunity to see a few shows at the Geffen Playhouse and found a new appreciation for theatre.

Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet for coffee?

Alexa Chung is my idol. Her impeccable comedic timing and out-of-the-box interview skills shine well beyond her unique fashion sense. We’d laugh and laugh together.


Stephanie McGrathBriefly introduce yourself and explain your new position at P.S. ARTS.

Hi! I’m Stephanie McGrath, the Associate Director of Communications. I am working on increasing awareness of our organization on a local and national level and increasing the visibility of the amazing work everyone at P.S. ARTS is doing to make sure all children have access to high-quality arts education.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

So many books! I recently finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and am now reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Joining book clubs is one of my hobbies.

What is currently the most played song on your iPod/Spotify/Apple Music account?

Podcasts. I have a longer commute, and I spend the bulk of that time listening to podcasts or catching up with my family back in Chicago. The full list is way too long for this post, but my current rotation is: The Daily, Vox’s The Weeds, Reply All, Planet Money, How I Built This, Song Exploder, and Call Your Girlfriend.

Where is your favorite place to view or take part in art in Los Angeles?

I moved to L.A. three years ago, so I feel like I’m still catching up on checking out all the great spots. I’ve been to the Hammer Museum many times and love their programming, but I visited the Getty Center on my first trip to L.A., so that still holds a special place in my heart.

Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet for coffee?

I would be interested in chatting with photographer Diane Arbus. But I’m not sure about meeting for coffee; she was known for her long phone conversations, so I would settle for a phone call where we could talk about anything and everything.

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