Board of Directors

Photo of ACTA board in Los Angeles, August 2011.

Paula "Pimm" Allen
Student Advisor, Indian Tribal Education & Personnel Program
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA

Esailama Diouf, Ph.D.
Program Analyst, City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program
Adjunct Faculty, Contra Costa Community College
Oakland, CA

Joel Jacinto
Commissioner, Los Angeles County Board of Public Works
Culver City, CA

Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Arts & Culture, The Kresge Foundation
Los Angeles, CA and Troy, MI

Prudy Kohler
Founder/Principal, ART FOR LUNCH
San Francisco, California


Malcolm Margolin
Founder and Former Publisher, Heyday
Berkeley, CA

Nikiko Masumoto, Secretary
Farmer and Artist, Masumoto Family Farms
Del Rey/Fowler, CA

Libby Maynard, V.P. of Finance and Administration
Co-founder and Executive Director, Ink People Center for the Arts
Eureka, CA

Chike Nwoffiah, V.P. of Governance
Executive Director, Oriki Theater
Mountain View, CA

Peter Pennecamp
Senior Fellow, Community Democracy Workshop
Humboldt, CA

Charlie Seemann, V.P. of External Development
Executive Director, Western Folklife Center 
Elko, NV

Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D., President
Director & Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Former Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Washington, D.C.

Emeritus Board Members

Robert Arroyo
Retired Instructor of Political Science & Chicano/Latino Studies, Fresno City College
Retired Administrator, Fresno City College
Kingsburg, CA

Melanie Beene
Executive Director, Community Initiatives
San Francisco, CA

Natividad Cano
Former Director, Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Los Angeles, CA

Emmett Castro
Certified Public Accountant, Castro Accountancy Corporation
Los Angeles, CA

Vicki Filgas
Director, Los Paisanos folklórico dance troupe
Retired Spanish language teacher, Selma High School
Selma, CA

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
Watsonville, California

Sojin Kim, Ph.D.
Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Washington, D.C.

Frank LaPena
Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, CSU Sacramento
Traditional Maidu dance master
Visual artist
Sacramento, CA

Bess Lomax Hawes
Former Director, Folk & Traditional Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts
West Hills, CA

Nancy Marquez
Former Director, Arte Américas
Fresno, CA

Hugo Morales
Executive Director, Radio Bilingüe
Fresno, CA 

Prumsodun Ok
Associate Artistic Director, Khmer Arts
Long Beach, CA

Peter Pennekamp
Executive Director, Humboldt Area Foundation
Bayside, CA

Amy Rouillard 
Former Senior Program Officer, California Council for the Humanities 
San Diego, CA

Deborah Wong, Ph.D., Past President
Professor of Music, University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA