June 11, 2019

ACTA's new development director, Mark Hernandez.We are excited to announce the newest addition to the ACTA team! Mark Hernandez has just been appointed as ACTA’s first-ever Development Director. An active artist with a long career in development, Mark will be heading up ACTA’s fundraising efforts and individual donor campaign. As ACTA continues to grow, Mark will play a key role in helping us expand and invigorate our development program.

Mark has been a development officer for San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (his alma mater), and, most recently, Stanford Jazz Workshop. For many years, he was an active performer and teaching artist with a particular passion for music-theater, youth theater, Latinx music, and new music. His professional writing credits include True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera (co-author) and Lotfi Mansouri: An Operatic Journey(ghostwriter); most recently, he completed Mary Pleasant at Land’s End, an opera libretto, for composer David Garner.

As a volunteer, Mark has served with San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates, American Guild of Musical Artists, and Latin American Chamber Music Society. Currently, he is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Success Centers, a nonprofit that primarily provides employment, education, and arts services to marginalized youth. For the California Arts Council, he has served as a peer review panelist for Youth Arts Action, Artists-in-Schools, and State-Local Partners Disaster Recovery Support projects. A long-time San Franciscan, Mark spends his free time cooking, hiking, and attempting (with limited success) to run ever-longer distances at a faster pace.

We are happy to have you Mark!

Photos of TARS LA event on December 1, 2018 at JACCC, shot by Timo Saarelma.

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