Our Boards 2017-10-10T15:55:44+00:00

Board of Directors

  • Chair: Scott James – CEO, Applied Dynamics, an international technology, engineering, and solutions firm whose user base includes more than 50% of the Fortune 500 aerospace and defense companies and customers including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and others
  • Vice-Chair: Sarah Nicoli -Entrepreneur, former Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble, current Board Chair at University Musical Society and current project manager at Kenyan Urithi Education Fund
  • Secretary: Hedieh Briggs-Program Manager, School of Social Work, Univ. of MI; research, Veterans Administration
  • Treasurer: Albert Nazarian – Finance Director, General Motors
  • Bruce Carter – Prominent music educator and researcher; Member, National Council on the Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill has designated the Bruce Carter Qualitative Research Center
  • Cleveland Chandler-Violinist in The United States Air Force Strings; Founder, First Class Strings, Founding Member, Chesapeake Strings, the Amistad String Quartet and the Aura String Quartet
  • Susan Collins-Professor of Public Policy & Economics, and Former Dean of the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.
  • Ric DeVore – Regional President, PNC Bank
  • Aaron P. Dworkin (Founder & President); MacArthur Fellow; Founder of The Sphinx Organization; Member, National Council on the Arts; Member, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs; Former Dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Univ. of MI; Professor of Entrepreneurship & Leadership; Author; Performing Artist; Entrepreneur
  • Deepa Gupta-Dir. Of Education & Strategy, Boeing; former positions at MacArthur Fdn, USAID & McKinsey and Co., Member, National Council on the Arts
  • Maria Rosario Jackson-Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Professor, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University; Senior Advisor for Arts & Culture, the Kresge Foundation; Member, National Council on the Arts, Urban planning expert
  • Emil Kang-Exec. Dir. of the Arts for UNC-Chapel Hill; former President, the Detroit Symphony; Member, National Council on the Arts
  • Bill Marple-Former Infantry Officer of U.S. Marine Corps including combat operations with Regimental Combat Team 2 in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq; Tracker School Instructor, Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School
  • David Rutledge – United States Air Force Captain (Ret.), former Vice-Chair MI Military and Veterans Affairs Cmte, MI State House Minority Leader; Appointed by Gov. Snyder to Michigan Veterans Facility Authority

Board of Advisors

  • Debbie Dingell – United States Representative for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District
  • Dwjuan Fox – Award winning Producer & Filmmaker; Founder of Decipher Entertainment
  • Amos Lee – Grammy nominated singer/songwriter
  • Bob Lynch – President of Americans for the Arts
  • Branford Marsalis – Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader; former leader of the Tonight Show Band
  • Richard Redding – Archaeologist, renowned Egyptologist; Chief Research Officer of the Ancient Egyptian Research Associates
  • Deborah Rutter – President of the Kennedy Center
  • Mike Staebler – Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP; former Dir. of MI Strategic Fund and Advisory Cmte for Investment Division of U.S. SBA
  • Damien Woetzel – President-designate of the Juilliard School; Dir. of Aspen Institute Arts Program