Meet our 2014 Board Class: Debbie Chinn, Michael Rohd, & Roberto Bedoya!

Over the past 20 years, Debbie Chinn has held executive leadership positions at CENTERSTAGE (the State Theater of Maryland),California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and the San Francisco Symphony.

She began her career at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), University of San Francisco, and Center Theatre Group of the Music Center of Los Angeles where she specialized in volunteer event management and institutional fundraising. Most recently she served as a consultant for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, providing strategic guidance towards the implementation of the Philadelphia Orchestra's China Residency program, which launched in May 2012 with a five-city concert Tour of China, and served as the kick-off to the 40th anniversary of President’s Nixon’s historic visit to China.

Debbie specializes in organizational assessment, strategic planning, fundraising, program planning, volunteer management, board and staff development, and special events.

She serves on the board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (VP/Chair of Governance), has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group (the national consortium for professional nonprofit theaters in the United States), Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, California Arts Advocates, and on George Soros’ Open Society Institute’s Leadership Council. She has been a frequent grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, and she is a fervent champion for arts and education funding having testified at the legislative level in Trenton (NJ), Annapolis (MD), and Sacramento (CA).
Debbie is originally from Syosset, New York and she attended the University of Southern California where she studied Theater under the artistic direction of John Houseman.

Her passions include traveling, being in the company of big thinkers and vibrant personalities, grabbing life-long learning opportunities, being an arts activist, and wine collecting (not necessarily in that order). She currently lives in Pebble Beach, California.

Michael Rohd is the Founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, a fifteen year old ensemble-based company, on faculty at Northwestern University, and author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. His work with Sojourn, other theaters, arts councils, municipal/regional government bodies and in non-arts sector settings around the nation focuses on social practice, civic practice and capacity-building projects through collaboratively designed arts-based event, engagement and participation strategies. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current projects include Chicago’s Civic Practice Lab and The Catalyst Initiative, a national program supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation. He is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater Company. Current collaborators, hosts and partners include Chicago’s Office of the Mayor, Steppenwolf Theater, Flint Youth Theater, Georgetown University, Catholic Charities USA, Louisiana State University, Milwaukee’s Commission on Aging, Walter Reed Naval Medical Center and The Center for The Theater Commons, where he sits on the Advisory Council.

Roberto Bedoya has served as the Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council since November of 2006.  He is also a writer and arts consultant who works in the area of support systems for artists.  As an arts consultant he has worked on projects for the Creative Capital Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts (Creative Capital’s State Research Project); The Ford Foundation (Mapping Native American Cultural Policy); The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations (Creative Practice in the 21st Century); and The Urban Institute (Investing in Creativity:  A Study of the Support Structure for US Artists and the Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project).

He is the author of U.S. Cultural Policy:  Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential; The Color Line and US Cultural Policy:  An Essay with Dialogue; and Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging.

As a public speaker he has given recent presentations on the topics of Creative Placemaking and Cultural Equity at the Network of Ensemble Theater’s MicroFest New Orleans;  Arizona State University’s The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, Phoenix;  the Washington State Arts Alliance Cultural Congress, Seattle;  Station North Arts & Entertainment District’s, The Artists and Neighborhood Change Conference, Baltimore; and Creative Time’s Creative Summit 2013, NYC.

He is on the Executive Committee of the Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation and a board member of the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture.  Bedoya has been a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.



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