Members Elect New Leaders to Guild Board of Trustees

At the National Guild's Annual Meeting—held at the Conference for Community Arts Education on November 16—members elected five new field leaders to the Guild board of trustees. The Guild is proud to welcome the following individuals to our board:

Eric Delli Bovi, Executive Director, Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL

Eric joined Urban Gateways in 2012 to lead a significant expansion of arts programs and services for Chicago’s youth and communities. He has directed the organization through a growth and innovation plan that includes two organizational acquisitions, Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.) and Street-Level Youth Media, in addition to numerous successful projects and partnerships.

Chad Cooper, Executive Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Chad Cooper joined the BKCM’s Board of Trustees in July of 2014 and served as its Treasurer before joining the staff as Executive Director in August of 2016. Before BKCM, Chad was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities where he worked for over 15 years covering public and private real estate companies, investment managers and private equity platforms.

Roma Calatayud-Stocks, Minneapolis, MN

Award-winning novelist and composer Roma Calatayud Stocks holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and post-graduate studies in creative writing from the University of St. Thomas. Roma is the author of two historical novels, A Song in My Heart, and the recently released, A Symphony of Rivals. Roma has twenty years of experience in various roles at arts organizations, including Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Vocal Essence, and Walker Art Center.

Darren Isom, Executive Director, Memphis Music Initiative, Memphis, TN

As MMI’s Founder and Executive Director, Darren both developed and leads the $20M philanthropic initiative that uses high-quality music engagement programs and activities to drive student, youth, and community outcomes here in Memphis. A proven strategic leader and nonprofit professional, his career demonstrates his commitment to amplifying community voice and engagement in developing and leading innovative, high-impact youth and community programs, practices, and philanthropy.

Peter Simon, President & CEO, Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Peter Simon has served as President and CEO of the Royal Conservatory since 1991. Under his leadership, the venerable Canadian institution has undergone a dynamic and dramatic transformation, culminating in the completion of the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009 and the formation of a new Performing Arts Division.


Published: November 19, 2018