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Smithsonian Folklife Festival Staff

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

David Skorton, Secretary
Lonnie Bunch, Secretary-Elect
John Davis, Provost

CENTER FOR FOLKLIFE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Michael Mason, Director
Halle Butvin, Director of Special Projects
Robert Leopold, Deputy Director for Research and Collections
Haili Francis, Major Gifts Officer
Erica Daudelin, Advancement Associate

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Deborah Wong, Chair
Ginnie Cooper, Thomas Downs, Chad Hamill, Bill Ivey, Dawn McCall, Susan Norton, Ana Maria Ochoa, George Papagiannis, Frederik Paulsen, George Schell, Jacquie Gales Webb, Council Members
Libby O’Connell, J. Scott Raecker, Honorary
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ex officio

ADMINISTRATION

Marquinta Bell, Administrative Officer
Claudia Telliho, Financial Management Specialist
Katie Fernandez, Administrative Assistant
Ramona Dowdal, Administrative Volunteer

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Sabrina Lynn Motley, Festival Director
Zaki Ghul, Production Coordinator
Eddie Mendoza, Festival Services Manager

OPERATIONS

Justin Hensley, Operations Manager
Sarah Roffman, Operations Assistant
Alex Taggert, Operations Associate
Anna Johnson, Sustainability Coordinator
Brian Gaines, Concessions Coordinator
Diane Nutting, Accessibility Coordinator

DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS

Josué Castilleja, Art Director
Elisa Hough, Editor
Toby Dodds, Director of Web and IT
Sandy Wang, Web Designer and Developer
Allison Lince-Bentley, Marketing Specialist
Megan Simonsen Villa, Social Media Coordinator

DOCUMENTATION

Cecilia Peterson, Dave Walker, Documentation Coordinators
Charlie Weber, Video Director
Albert Tong, Video Producer

TECH CREW

Tyler Nelson, Technical Director
Anna Kann, Assistant Technical Director
Jason Morris, Warehouse Coordinator
Chris Crawford, Josh Herndon, Ellen Houseknecht, Phil Johnson, Shiloh Thaxton, Matthew Vegiard, Carpenters
Charlie Marcus, Electrician
Carolyn Hampton, Scenic Painter
Whitney Brown, Alaric Strickland, Equipment Operators
Stephen Fisher, Sound Designer

PARTICIPANT SUPPORT

Ashley Martinez, Participant Coordinator
Sean Tomlinson, Participant Assistants
Melissa Velez Nazario, Participant Intern

PROGRAM SUPPORT

Sojin Kim, Nichole Procopenko, D.C. Music Curators
James Deutsch, Baltics Curator
Arlene Reiniger, Intern Coordinator
Erin Dowdy, Smithsonian Year of Music Coordinator
Betty Belanus, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, Ari Pineda, Venue Managers
Grace Murray, Freer|Sackler Public Programs Specialist

FOLKWAYS TEAM

Huib Schippers, Curator and Director
John Smith, Associate Director of Operations
Jonathan Williger, Marketing Manager
Claudia Foronda, Sales & Marketing Specialist/Inventory & Fulfillment Manager
Fred Knittel, Marketing Specialist
Logan Clark, Executive Assistant
Brian Zimmerman, Sales Associate
Levi Dayan, Siena Ballotta Garman, Matthew Kellenberg, Lucy Norton, Juliana Paton, Interns


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