Faculty

C0-Directors

Ama Codjoe

Social Justice Trainer and Consultant

Ama Codjoe is a recent Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Justice and inclusion at The New School and a former teaching artist and administrator at DreamYard Project in the South Bronx. Ama has conducted racial justice, anti-bias, and anti-oppression trainings and workshops for The Met Museum, Groundswell Mural Arts Project, Opening Act, The Poetry Coalition, Community Music Works, and numerous other artist, educator, and administrator groups. She lives in New York City.

John McCann

President, Partners in Performance

John McCann has more than 25 years experience in helping leaders work more effectively. His clients have ranged from the American Association of Retired Persons to the New York Youth Orchestra. In the area of innovation and strategy, McCann has worked with more than 300 of the nation’s leading cultural institutions including the Association of Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Chicago Opera Theatre, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the National Symphony Orchestra. At the graduate level, he has taught management and leadership at Drexel University and Virginia Tech, where for ten years he served as the Director of the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice. He has delivered guest lectures at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. His pro bono work includes engagements with the Clinton Global Initiative, New Orleans Recovery and Rebuilding Coalition, and the Women’s Regional Network (Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan). McCann is co-founder and currently a board member of EmcArts, a nonprofit social enterprise for learning and innovation in the arts.

Lead Facilitors

Mary Parish

Founder and President, MVP Associates

Since the 1978 launch of MVP Associates, her consulting and training practice, Mary Parish has worked with over 200 different organizations, in both the public and private sectors. She focuses on creating practical strategies for developing leadership and effectiveness at all levels within the organization. Mary’s work has three channels: Coaching individuals and teams to reach their highest potential; Training design and delivery on topics such as: strengthening interpersonal communication skills, developing emotional intelligence and managing different personality types; and Facilitating groups to work together more effectively, successfully navigate organizational transitions and move their mission forward. At Michigan State University Mary received a B.A. in television and radio—as one of only two women in her class—and later earned an M.A. in communication arts.