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Our Advisors 

 CURRENT ADVISORS

CLAUDIA BACH

Claudia Bach works with artists, public and nonprofit organizations, communities, and cross-sector initiatives to advance informed, imaginative and purposeful change in the creative sector. Her work focuses on planning, research, strategy development and training that stimulates new perspectives and generates effective action. She is an adjunct for SU’s MFA in Arts Leadership, developed 501 Common’s Springboard, and works with a broad range of local and national clients.

Ask Claudia About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Audience Development
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Business Structures for Arts Enterprises
– Strategic Planning
– Gallery and Museum Management


ALLISON DURAZZI

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Allison Durazzi specializes in development audiences and community support for mission-based causes. Her 20+ years in the nonprofit sector include leadership roles in legal advocacy, fundraising, event planning, and social media marketing.  

Ask Allison About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Event Planning and Management
– Fundraising and Grantwriting
– Contract, Copyright, and Negotiations (not a substitute for legal advice)
– Audience Development
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Strategic Planning
– Social Media


ANDY JENSEN

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Andy is committed to making art and artists integral to creating solutions to our city’s needs. He is currently runs Civic Engagement at Seattle Public Theater. He has taught, produced, and directed theatre in Seattle, and is a proud UW School of Drama alum. He was previously Education Administrative Manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, PR Coordinator and Studio Director at On the Boards, and Marketing Director for Book-It Repertory Theatre and 14/48: the World’s Quickest Theater Festival.

Ask Andy About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Arts Education Programming
– Audience Development
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Producing Performing Arts
– Marketing
– Pricing Strategy


TIM LENNON

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Tim is the executive director of the Vera Project, an organization that fuels personal & community transformation through collaborative, youth‐driven engagement in music and art. Prior to joining Vera, Tim worked at the Office of Arts & Culture on a variety of events and special projects, and helped program the Next 50 at Seattle Center, the Bumbershoot festival, the Family 4th of July and more. Tim serves on the Seattle Music Commission and is a member of Leadership Tomorrow’s curriculum cmte.

Ask Tim About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Event Planning and Management
– Arts Education Programming
– Audience Development
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Producing Performing Arts


TED LEONHARDT

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Ted Leonhardt empowers creatives to ask for and get the wages they deserve. Through decades as a creative himself — including building his brand agency The Leonhardt Group, and working as Global Creative Director for FITCH Worldwide — Ted developed a negotiation style that leverages creatives’ emotions and insights. His specialized approach to negotiation for creatives has been featured in Fast Company, Communication Arts, HOW Design, and other publications. He is the author of Nail It: Stories.

Ask Ted About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Contract, Copyright, and Negotiations (not a substitute for legal advice)
– Audience Development
– Strategic Planning
– Managing Creative Cultures


KEVIN MAIFELD

Kevin K. Maifeld is the Founding Director and Professor of the Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University. He previously served as the Managing Director of the Seattle Children’s Theatre from 2001 to 2007. Before moving to Seattle, Kevin served, for seven years, as the Managing Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and was Co-Chair of the Theatre Management/Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Alabama.

Ask Kevin About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Event Planning and Management
– Fundraising and Grantwriting
– Contract, Copyright, and Negotiations (not a substitute for legal advice)
– Arts Education Programming
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Business Structures for Arts Enterprises
– Strategic Planning
– Risk Management
– Touring


JESS MAIN

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Jess Main has served mission-driven organizations for 20+ years. Currently Grants Manager at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), her experience spans operations, grantmaking, communications, development, community engagement and organizational leadership. She has worked with arts festivals, public media, government arts agencies, health and human services, and more. She serves on the board of directors for Jet City Improv and holds an MBA from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration.

Ask Jess About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Event Planning and Management
– Fundraising and Grantwriting
– Audience Development
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Business Structures for Arts Enterprises
– Strategic Planning
– Marketing & Communications
– Operations


RACHEL PAINTING

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Rachel Painting has spent 20 years learning about, participating in, and working for mission-based organizations. Her love of art and organizing has led to involvement in small and large scale art installations, collective spaces, festival organization, and leadership roles in small and mid-sized arts organizations. Until recently, Rachel was the Senior Manager of Artist Services at Shunpike. She has an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and a BA in Political Science from UT.  

Ask Rachel About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Event Planning and Management
– Fundraising and Grantwriting
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Business Structures for Arts Enterprises
– Strategic Planning


ANNE SHUKLA

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Anne Shukla, has over a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Anne earned her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University in 2010 and now teaches Strategic Planning for the Arts and Program Evaluation as an adjunct faculty member. Since 2008, Anne has worked for MEMconsultants, evaluating youth and arts programs. Despite her East Coast upbringing, she now considers herself a Seattle-ite, spending her free time camping, traveling, practicing yoga and attending local arts events.

Ask Anne About:

– Volunteers
– Grantwriting
– Arts Education Programming
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Strategic Planning
– Program Evaluation


NICOLE STELLNER

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Nicole is originally from the Minneapolis area where her love of the arts was developed through formative experiences at the Walker Art Center, Children’s Theatre Company at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Guthrie Theater. She is a lifetime arts patron, supporter, volunteer and advocate. Nicole has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MBA from the University of Washington and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She spent over 20 years at Weyerhaeuser in strategic planning and finance roles. She also serves on the boards of Artist Trust, Annex Theatre and Macha Theatre Works. 

Ask Nicole About:

– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Strategic Planning


CLAUDIA STELLE

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Claudia is Executive Director of Coyote Central, a Seattle non-profit that engages professional artists with young teens. Her other arts management positions have included Managing Director of the Musical Theatre Lab in NYC, Business Manager of the Empty Space Theatre, and manager of a rural theater company in the hollers of West Virginia. She has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in music from the University of Maryland, and was a Music Specialist at the Library of Congress in the 1990’s.

Ask Claudia About:

– Hiring & Managing Staff and Volunteers
– Budgeting and Financial Management
– Event Planning and Management
– Fundraising and Grantwriting
– Arts Education Programming
– Social Justice & Community Engagement (through the arts)
– Working with Nonprofit Boards
– Strategic Planning