Topics Covered: Board Development directory (23 members)
The majority of Elisa Callow’s professional life has been in the service of non-profit organizations. As founding director of the Armory Center for the Arts, Elisa built upon the reputation and history of the Armory’s predecessor organization, the Pasadena Art Workshops, through the development of a number of groundbreaking partnerships with schools, city departments, grassroots community organizations, and more established arts institutions. Ms. Callow worked in the philanthropic sector for four years, first as Program Officer for the Ahmanson Foundation and then as Arts Program Director for the James Irvine Foundation. Her most recent professional experience has been as a management consultant working with organizations in the nonprofit sector on strategic issues as they relate to program development, audience and market issues, organizational design and planning and evaluation. She recently was a mentor for the Durfeee Foundation’s Springboard Fund and is currently a trainer at the Center for Cultural Innovation.
Elisa Callow serves on the Boards of the Ojai Music Festival and the Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust and an Advisory Board member of Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She has presented as panelist and facilitator extensively throughout the country at conferences and gatherings. She is a contributing author of the publication, Interplay: Inspiring Wonder, Discovery, and Learning Through Interdisciplinary Museum-Community Partnerships, 2009. In 1997, she was honored as a Durfee Sabbatical recipient.
Topic(s): Facilitation; Human Resources/Staff Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Board Development
Karen Constine’s consultancy specializes in cultural development, business planning/feasibility studies, program and policy development, civic/cultural engagement, capacity building and strategic planning and providing interim leadership services. Karen serves a broad base of clients and their initiatives including nonprofits, cultural agencies, artists’ projects, etc.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Fundraising; Human Resources/Staff Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Board Development
Leslie Graham has more than ten years of management consulting experience working with nonprofit and public institutions; she specializes in planning for small organizations.
Topic(s): Management/Strategic Planning; Board Development; Human Resources/Staff Training; Facilitation; Fundraising
Location(s): Los Angeles Metro Phone: 310 425 8292 Email:
Angela Johnson Peters
Angela Johnson Peters has dedicated her professional and personal career to the support of cultural institutions, artists, and community organizations. Angela entered the art world when, as a volunteer, she walked onto a theater backstage for a jazz concert. That was more than 30 years ago. Johnson Peters has been a cultural worker, producer, writer, caterer, fundraiser, planner, facilitator, organizer, trainer, and travel writer. Angela sees her working with artists and arts organization as a calling, and believes passionately in the importance of art in our society.
After spending ten years in the local arts agency field where she developed ways to promote and support the arts communities in the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Berkeley and Oakland; in 1999, Angela founded ALJ Consulting which specializes in developing resources, effectively planning and successfully implementing programs with the non-profit, philanthropic, and government sectors. Over the years, she estimates working with close to 280 organizations and over 135 artists. Some of her formerly clients include dance companies, community arts centers, musicians, playwright festivals, theater groups, film festivals, and museums. Angela has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts as a site visitor and panelist; the California Arts Council, as producer for a statewide arts leaders conference; and served as a panelist for every municiple arts agency in the San Francisco Bay Area and the cities of Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.
Accomplished in the areas of strategic planning, development, special events planning, community outreach, and coaching; Angela is currently one of the coaches for the Los Angeles Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color. Angela is a trained facilitator and has completed programs with the Grassroots Institute of Fundraising Training (GIFT), the National Community Development Institute’s Community Builders Leadership Program, and is a Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Fellow.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Executive Coaching; Networking/Field Learning; Fundraising; Facilitation; Leadership; Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Other; Volunteer Management; Board Development
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions Phone: (310) 597-2526 Email:
Artsightful : Arts Management Training, Insight Coaching, Capacity Consulting
Amy Kweskin is an arts management specialist with a focus on mindful business planning to support artists, managers and board members in defining their goals and clearly envisioning a pathway to sustainability. For over 15 years she has been an educator, consultant and coach taking complex business concepts and transforming them into accomplishable steps. Since 2010 Amy has worked with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) presenting Business of Art training sessions in San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, and Sacramento. She wrote the Strategic Planning chapter in the CCI Business of Art: An Artist’s Guide to Profitable Self-Employment – second edition.
Amy is a co-founder and chair of http://www.c2arts.com Coaches and Coaches or the Arts.
Topic(s): Executive Coaching; Facilitation; Leadership; Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Board Development
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area; North Coast; California Statewide; South Bay Area Phone: 4159949901 Email: Website: http://www.artsightful.com
Career Development & Consultation for Artists
Elizabeth Pickens, M.Ed. is an independent career development and fundraising consultant for artists of all disciplines. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and moved to San Francisco in 2007. Previously she served as Managing Director of RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center and as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She specializes in supporting individual artists, small arts organizations, and queer arts advocacy.
Topic(s): Fundraising; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Other; Board Development
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area Phone: 415-321-1311 x Email:
I work with arts and other nonprofits to improve organizational sustainability, navigate leadership transitions, and secure necessary funding so that they can do their work more effectively. I also write grants for organizations and individual artists.
With over ten years of director level experience at arts organizations, I know first-hand about the challenges
and opportunities that managers face. I combine my real-world experience with a deep understanding of arts policy, philanthropic trends, and management theory to give my clients a big-picture view of the field. My approach is compassionate, disciplined, creative, and collaborative. Bring me your problems, and together we will solve them.
Topic(s): Fundraising; Leadership; Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Board Development