Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D.
Director & Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Former Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Former Director, Folk & Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
A native of Bakersfield, California, and longtime resident of Virginia, Daniel Sheehy earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles before joining the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978. He was instrumental in developing and sustaining the infrastructure of the folk and traditional arts field and served as director of folk and traditional arts at the NEA from 1992 to 2000.
In 2000, Dan became director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Under his leadership, Smithsonian Folkways published more than 200 recordings and earned five Grammy awards, one Latin Grammy, and 21 nominations. He has also served as acting director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and director of the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Dan served as co-editor (with Dale Olsen) of the 1,100-page South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (1998). His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Dan was awarded the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015 and the John David Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016. He has served on the boards of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the American Folklore Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Association for Cultural Equity. Also a musician, in 1978 Dan co-founded Mariachi Los Amigos, the Washington, DC area’s longest existing mariachi ensemble.
Jennifer Bates (Central Sierra Mewuk)
Founding Board Member and Chairperson, California Indian Basketweavers’ Association (CIBA)
Traditional Mewuk Basket Weaver and California Native Culture Consultant
Jennifer Bates has been a basketmaker for over four decades. She began learning traditional Mewuk basketry at the age of 17, studying with family members and tribal elders, including Julia Parker, Mable McKay, Dorothy Stanley, and Craig Bates. She was a founding board member of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association (CIBA) and was their chairperson for the first thirteen years. Jennifer is of Central Sierra Mewuk (Miwok) descent and resides on the Tuolumne Rancheria, where she continues to teach basketry, including traditional methods of gathering and processing raw materials, as well as weaving techniques. Additionally, Jennifer has also become well recognized for demonstrating acorn processing, specifically making traditional acorn soup, ‘nupa,’ and cooking in traditional baskets and using hot rocks.
Former Executive Director, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
Los Angeles, CA
Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Arts & Culture, The Kresge Foundation
Los Angeles, CA and Troy, MI
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson’s expertise is in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, dynamics of race and ethnicity and roles of and arts and culture in communities. She is Institute Professor at Arizona State University with appointments in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. She also consults with national and regional foundations and government agencies on strategic planning, research and evaluation. In 2013, President Obama appointed Maria Rosario to the National Council on the Arts. She advises national and regional initiatives on cultural equity and changing demographics, and work at the intersection of arts and other areas of policy and practice such as community planning, development and health. She is on the advisory boards of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and L.A. Commons and on the boards of directors of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and The Music Center of Los Angeles County. Maria Rosario also co-chairs the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative for Los Angeles County. Previously, for almost 20 years, she was based at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. where she led pioneering applied work on arts and culture in low-income and historically marginalized communities, support systems for artists and culture bearers, and indicators of cultural vitality. At Urban Institute, Maria Rosario also contributed to initiatives on comprehensive development, public housing desegregation, urban parks, handgun violence prevention and teacher training in urban communities. Maria Rosario earned a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in community development from the University of Southern California.
Founder and Executive Director, California Institute for Community, Art, and Culture
Founder and Former Publisher, Heyday
Libby Maynard, Audit Committee Chair
Co-founder and Executive Director, Ink People Center for the Arts
Chike Nwoffiah, V.P. of Governance
Executive Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
San Jose, CA
Peter Pennekamp, V.P. of Development
Senior Fellow, Community Democracy Workshop
Peter H. Pennekamp has explored and worked to advance an inclusive American experience in his career in the arts, radio and philanthropy and is most recently a founder of Community Democracy Workshop. He has held prior positions at the National Endowment for the Arts, National Public Radio, the Humboldt Area Foundation and Humboldt State University. In early 2013 he co-authored Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy, published by the Kettering Foundation. Later that year he guest-edited a special issue of the National Civic Review, volume 102, Number 3, on Philanthropy and Resident Engagement. He has had essays and conversations published on culture and democracy for over 25 years and has been a speaker internationally.
Peter has worked broadly in both private and public philanthropy as trustee; The California Endowment, The Archibald Bush Foundation, Morris Graves Foundation, or as grant, strategy, organizational development, and policy advisor. In addition to being a part of Peabody Award winning radio series teams, Peter was awarded the NEA Distinguished Service Award; California Arts Council’s Exemplary Contributions to the Arts in California Award, United Indian Health Services Friends are Good Medicine Award, and others.
Former Executive Director, Western Folklife Center
Josephine Talamantez, V.P. of Finance and Administration
Board Chair, Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center
Former Chief of Programs, California Arts Council
San Diego and Sacramento, CA
Josephine Talamantez is an Arts Management consultant with experience in cultural resource management and governmental relations. She is the former Chief of Programs and Legislative Liaison at the California Arts Council and a specialist in Chicano/Mexican-American Civil Rights era. She documented and coordinated the nomination of San Diego, California’s Chicano Park and the Chicano Park Monumental Murals to the National Register. Her research projects include: oral history documentation of the Sacramento Greek community; a cultural resources study of the of the Poverty Ridge neighborhood of Sacramento; and visual and oral history documentation of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), also known as the Rebel Chicano Art Front, an internationally known artist collective based in Sacramento, and numerous exhibitions. Former Executive Director of La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento and of the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, she is a past Board Member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC); Capitol Area Indian Resources, Inc. (CAIR); a Co-founder of Chicano Park and member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, and member of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF). Josephine holds an M.A. in Public History from Sacramento State University, where her research focused on the history and historic sites associated with the Chicano civil rights era.
Emeritus Board Members
Paula “Pimm” Allen
Student Advisor, Indian Tribal Education & Personnel Program
Humboldt State University
Retired Instructor of Political Science & Chicano/Latino Studies, Fresno City College
Retired Administrator, Fresno City College
Executive Director, Community Initiatives
San Francisco, CA
Natividad Cano (1933-2014)
Former Director, Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Los Angeles, CA
Certified Public Accountant, Castro Accountancy Corporation
Los Angeles, CA
Esailama Diouf, Ph.D.
Program Analyst, City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program
Adjunct Faculty, Contra Costa Community College
Director, Los Paisanos folklórico dance troupe
Retired Spanish language teacher, Selma High School
Jo Farb Hernandez
Director, Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, School of Art and Design, San Jose State University
Principal, Curatorial and Museum Management Services
Executive Director, SPACES Archives
Sojin Kim, Ph.D.
Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Founder/Principal, Art for Lunch
San Francisco, California
Frank LaPena (1937-2019)
Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, CSU Sacramento
Traditional Maidu dance master
Bess Lomax Hawes (1921-2009)
Former Director, Folk & Traditional Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts
West Hills, CA
Former Director, Arte Américas
Farmer and Artist, Masumoto Family Farsms
Del Rey/Fowler, CA
Executive Director, Radio Bilingüe
Associate Artistic Director, Khmer Arts
Long Beach, CA
Former Senior Program Officer, California Council for the Humanities
San Diego, CA
Deborah Wong, Ph.D., Past Board President
Professor of Music, University of California, Riverside