2021 Board of Trustees Update

December 10, 2021

In advance of our Annual Meeting on December 9th, Guild members voted on the board of trustees slate. Here are the results:

Directors of Full Member Institutions elected for their first three-year term:


Matt D'Arrigo, Co-Founder and Director of the Center of Creative Youth Development at the Clare Rose Foundation; San Diego, CA

Matt D’Arrigo has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to being a champion and advocate for the arts and young people. He is the Co-Founder and Director of The Center for Creative Youth Development (CYD) at the Clare Rose Foundation in San Diego, CA. The Center is a philanthropic intermediary established to ensure that CYD funders, practitioners, organizations, and young people have access to the resources, tools, opportunities, and relationships they need to thrive. Through a collective action approach D’Arrigo oversees all local, regional, and national strategy, investments, advocacy, coalition building, and field building activities.

Prior to joining Clare Rose Foundation, D’Arrigo was the Founder and CEO of A Reason To Survive (ARTS), a nationally recognized CYD organization based in National City, CA. His work with ARTS was the subject of the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary short “Inocente”, featured on the Today Show, was a case study in the New York Times best selling book "Decisive" by Chip and Dan Heath, and profiled in Darius Graham’s book “Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World”. 


Magda Martinez, Chief Operating Officer, Mural Arts; Philadelphia, PA

Magda Martinez joined Mural Arts Philadelphia after 16 years as the Director of Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial. As a member of Fleisher’s leadership team, Magda shaped the strategic vision of the institution. In addition, she designed and implemented Fleisher’s nationally recognized audience engagement initiative—which has been featured in the publications Staying Relevant in a Changing Neighborhood: How Fleisher Art Memorial is Adapting to Shifting Community Demographics and The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences—and the nationally recognized Teen Lounge, an arts-based drop-in program for young people between the ages 13–18, featured in the report Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts.

Magda has served as a board member of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and has served on the board of the Bartol Foundation and Taller Puertorriqueño.


Erin Perry, Executive Director, Legacy Arts Project; Pittsburgh, PA

Erin Perry is a mother, wife, teacher, artist and arts administrator, and long time advocate for culturally relevant education and community engagement. She is the executive director of the Legacy Arts Project (LAP) and is passionate about the healing and transformative power of the arts. Since her first immersive experience with West African drum and dance, Erin has been on a mission to learn more about herself and the world through cultural exploration, appreciation, and expression.

As Ms. Perry has continued to evolve, so has her work. Rooted in cultural exploration, she has grown to understand the role of arts and culture in the development of a strong self-identity. As such, she has traveled throughout the African diaspora, experiencing culture through direct immersion in the activities of the people and places she has visited. From these experiences, relationships have been formed, knowledge transmitted, and bridges built, enabling Erin to develop a foundation from which to share her knowledge.


Directors of Full Member Institutions reelected for a three-year term:

Eric Delli Bovi, President & CEO, Urban Gateways; Chicago, IL


"At Large" Candidates reelected for a three-year term:

Roma Calatayud-Stocks; Minneapolis, MN

Robyn Newhouse, Vice-President/Community Service, The Republican; Springfield, MA


New Board Officers:

Chair: Karen LaShelle, Executive Director, Creative Action, Austin, TX

Treasurer: Kyle Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN

SecretaryKatie Smythe, Founding CEO and Artistic Director, New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis, TN


You can view the full list of Guild Trustees here.

Published: December 10, 2021