Program Faculty are core lecturers who augment the Module experience by leading tailored seminars that deepen understandings of critical themes.

Rosa María Barreiro is an innovative leader, business strategist and change agent with extensive background in global operating environments. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University.

Rosa Maria Barreiro

Senior Policy Advisor
Organization of American States

Global Ambassador

Bio coming soon.

Leah Barto

Adjunct Faculty
Teachers College
Columbia University

Felipe Buitrago is author of The Orange Economy, a study on  the cultural industries in economic development. Buitrago is a sought-after speaker on technologies, public policy research, and advocacy. Prof. Buitrago has a MIPP in Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Felipe Buitrago

Colombian Chamber of Information
Author, The Orange Economy

Judith Hill Bose earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the City University of New York and a MM from The New England Conservatory. At Longy she directs the Teaching Artist Program in Cambridge and is the central architect of the MAT at the Los Angeles campus.

Dr. Judith Hill Bose

Director of Educational Initiatives
Longy School of Music
Bard College

Thomas Cabaniss teaches at The Juilliard School and leads arts education projects through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Cabaniss was Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic  and served as Music Animateur for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Thomas Cabaniss

The Julliard School

Faculty, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute

Juan Antonio Cuellar is dean of graduate studies in music at Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a senior advisor to Fundación Azteca (Mexico). Dr. Cuellar earned a DMUS in music theory from the University of Indiana, and is a co-founding director of Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.

Dr. Juan Antonio Cuellar

Dean of Graduate Studies in Music
Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Senior Advisor, Fundación Azteca (Mexico)

Kate Amanna Demcsak holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Prior to joining The Foundation Center as New York Lead, she was Program Director at Project Sunshine.

Kate Amanna Demcsak

New York Lead
The Foundation Center

Ricardo Ernst is Professor of Operations and former Deputy Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Dr. Ernst earned an MBA from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and an MA and Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ricardo Ernst

Faculty Chair of Global Business
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

Ji Young Goo is a member of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown Univerity’s McDonough School of Business. 

Ji Young Goo

Global Social Enterprise Initiative
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

Bio coming soon.

Aaron Green

Social Rocket Factory
Civic Hall Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Darius Graham (J.D., Univ. of Cal. Berkeley) is Director of the Social Innovation Lab at The Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Graham serves on Impact Hub Baltimore’s advisory board, is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and authored the book, Being the Difference. 

Darius Graham

Social Innovation Lab
Johns Hopkins University

Arlene Goldbard is a writer and social activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality. She is known as a  creator of cultural critique and new policy proposals. Goldbard serves as Chief of Policy at the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Arlene Goldbard

Chief of Policy
United States Department of Arts
Office of Investigation

Melissa Grannetino is an Engagement Specialist at Foundation Center where she leads training programs. She has  held key development roles at The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

Melissa Grannetino

Engagement Specialist
The Foundation Center

Nancy Guerra is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI, having received her BA from UCLA, her MA from UCSB, and her doctorate from Harvard. 

Dr. Nancy Guerra

Faculty Dean
School  of Social Ecology
University of California Irvine

Prof. Gutierrez directs the Social Enterprise Initiative at the Universidad de los Andes, Bello School of Business. He earned a PhD & MA from Johns Hopkins University, and chairs the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN), an alliance of 10 Ibero-American universities.

Dr. Roberto Gutierrez

Universidad de los Andes
Bello School of Business

Adriana Gutiérrez earned a Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana,  and a Master’s degree & PhD from El Colegio de México. Prof. Gutiérrez is Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Dr. Adriana Gutiérrez

Harvard University
School of Arts & Sciences

Assal Habibi’s research incorporates electrophysiology, neuroimaging and psychometric assessments. Dr. Hababi is currently leading a 5-year longitudinal study, in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, investigating the effects of early childhood music training on the development of brain function.

Dr. Assal Habibi

Brain & Creativity Institute

University of Southern California

Senior Faculty at the Opex Institute, Tim Healey teaches Operational Excellence in the business process sector. He is co-author of Operational Excellence in Your Office, and as worked globally with Parker Hannifin, United Technologies Corporation, Bayer Healthcare, and Curtiss Wright.

Tim Healey

Senior Faculty
Opex Institute

Author, Operational Excellence in Your Office

Katie Kresek serves as teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic. She has led residencies in NYC Public Schools, performed interactive concerts, and represented the faculty abroad in tours. She is also a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center.

Katie Kresek

Teaching Artist Faculty
New York Philharmonic 
Lincoln Center Institute

Najean Lee is Director of Government Affairs for the League of American Symphony Orchestras.

Najean Lee

Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy
The League of American Orchestras

Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, Elaine Grogan CPA works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. Prof. Grogan’s work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with  creative goals.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull

Chief Executive Officer
Minerva Financial Arts
Former VP Finance at The Juilliard School

Ken MacLeod is the founder and president of KMA Consultants. Formerly an elected representative in the government of New Brunswick (Canada), Prof. MacLeod Chairs the Youth Orchestra of New Brunswick and is founder of Sistema NB.

Ken MacLeod

KMA Consultants

Based in Washington DC and active on Capital Hill, Heather Noonan is Vice-President for Advocacy at The League of American Orchestras.

Heather Noonan

Vice-President for Advocacy
The League of American Orchestras

A graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg is a recipient of the Fulbright Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has served on the Boards of Fortune 500 companies McGraw Hill & General Mills, and is Founding Chairman of Strategic Investment Group.

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

Strategic Investment Group
Fulbright Lifetime Awardee

Norm Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, public speaker, and best-selling author who is known for his innovative research and inspirational writings. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is listed as one of the Best Doctors in America. 

Dr. Norm Rosenthal

Georgetown University
School of Medicine

John Simson is a leading figure at the forefront of the legal battle for Artist’s rights. A professor at Washington College, he received an Emmy nomination for his work as a supervisor on the PBS Series “American Roots,” and has taught at Georgetown Law School.

John Simson

American University
Washington College of Law

Benjamin Simon Tellep is a member of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown Univerity’s McDonough School of Business.

Benjamin Simon-Tellep

Global Social Enterprise Initiative
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

Debra Smyers has over 25 years of experience within the arts and social services sectors. In addition to acting as Faculty at George Mason University’s Arts Management Program, Prof. Smyers is executive director of Windmore Foundation for the Arts.

Debra Smyers

George Mason University
Arts Management Program

President & CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Dalouge Smith has served as a national leader in the U.S. El Sistema movement since co-founding the National El Sistema Network. Dalouge was founding President of Californians for the Arts.

Dalouge Smith

Chief Executive Officer
SDYO & San Diego Conservatory

Bio coming soon.

Louis Songster

Co Founder
Social Rocket Factory
Civic Hall Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Thomas C. Südhof is a German-American biochemist known for his study of synaptic transmission. Currently, professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, Sudhof, together with two colleagues, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Dr. Thomas Sudhof

Stanford University
School of Medicine

With a BM from Peabody Conservatory and MM from Yale University. has taught at Yale University, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Baltimore Public School system. He is Founder of Baltimore-based Orchids, and is on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.

Daniel Trahey

Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins Univ.
Founding Director, BSO OrchKids

Dr. Maria Varvarigou is Faculty of Policy and Society in the Institute of Education at University of London, and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. A scholar of the A.S Onassis Foundation, Dr. Varvarigou is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts.

Dr. Maria Varvarigou

University of London
Institute of Education

Brazilian violinist Deborah Wanderley is founder of YOURS, Chicago’s first El Sistema program. Ms. Wanderley is founder of NEOJIBÁ Trancoso,, a  member of OSESP (Brazil’s top professional orchestra), and teaches at the Tom Jobim School and Bacarelli Institute.

Deborah Wanderley

São Paulo State Music Academy

Distinguished music educator William Westney, innovator of the ‘Un-Master Class,’  holds the B.A. from Queens College and a Doctorate from the Yale School of Music. A Fulbright Awardee, Dr. Westney teaches at Texas Tech University.

Dr. William Westney

Texas Tech University
School of Music

Alexandra Kertz-Welzel, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Music Education at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich (Germany). Dr. Kertz-Welzel completed her studies at Saarland University and the University of Music in Saarbrücken. 

Dr. Alexandra Kertz-Welzel

Faculty Chair of Music
Ludwig Maximilian University
Munich (Germany)

Andreas E. Widmer is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at Catholic University’s Busch School of Business. Widnmer  co-founded The SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization promoting enterprise solutions to poverty. 

Dr. Andreas Widmer

Busch School of Business
Catholic University of America

Benjamin Zimmerman is a member of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. 

Benjamin Zimmerman

Global Social Enterprise Initiative
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

Prior to her work at Play on Philly!, Jessica Zweig was a member of the Chelsea Symphony and Program Manager for the Harmony Program. She received her BA & MA from the University of Maryland, and  taught music at the Sheridan School in Washington,DC.

Jessica Zweig

Site Director
Play on Philly!

“The Mission gave our students a greater sense of purpose in their musical studies and broadened their musical perspective to a global landscape.”

KIPP Charter Schools
Annual Mission Host