Chike C. Nwoffiah
Executive Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
San Jose, CA
Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D., Past President
Senior Advisor to the Smithsonian Under Secretary for Museums and Culture
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.
Joel Jacinto, V.P. of Governance
Business Service Representative, West Adams WorkSource Center
Former Executive Director, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
Los Angeles, CA
Founder and Executive Director, California Institute for Community, Art, and Culture
Founder and Former Publisher, Heyday
Libby Maynard, V.P. of Finance & Administration
Co-founder and Executive Director, Ink People Center for the Arts
Russell Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz Department of Music
Santa Cruz, CA
Russell C. Rodríguez has extensive experience as a cultural worker, academic, and accomplished artist. He is currently an assistant professor in the Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2007, he became a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. Rodríguez worked as a curator for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage annual festival, co-curating the Latino Music Program in 2004, and has contributed to a variety of productions by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as a researcher, producer, annotator and musician. From 2011 through 2017 he worked as a program manager for the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, managing the Apprenticeship Program and contributing to scale programming that served the California cultural communities practicing traditional arts. Rodríguez is an accomplished musician, composer, and dancer specializing in performance styles of various traditional forms of Mexico. In 2010, he completed work as the assistant producer and musical director for the documentary La Danza Escenica: El Sello de Rafael Zamarripa,and contributed original compositions to Ray Tellez’ documentary The Storm that Swept México.In 2013 Rodríguez composed an original score for the B. Traven’s novel Macarioand in 2018 the score for the original theater play La Departera, both for San Jose’s premiere Chicano theater ensemble Teatro Vision. Both scores have been recorded and produced as CDs, featuring some of the finest mexicano and Chicana/o musicians in the California Bay Area.
Former Executive Director, Western Folklife Center
Josephine S. Talamantez, V.P. of Development
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.
Carly Tex, Secretary
Executive Director, Advocates for Indigenous California Language
A basketweaver, linguist, language instructor, community organizer and advocate, Carly has been creating a career in language and culture ever since she began weaving baskets at the age of ten. Carly is a member of North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians on her father’s side and a descendant of Dunlap Band of Mono Indians on her mother’s side. She have been an apprentice through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts twice for basketweaving technologies under the guidance of her grandmother, Avis Punkin, and her sister, Mandy Marine. Carly co-founded a youth weavers’ circle through the Living Language Program and has presented on California Indian language and cultural revitalization to local area schools, museums, and libraries. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with emphasis in Linguistic Studies from CSU Sonoma, and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from University of Arizona through the Native American Languages Master’s Program (NAMA). Upon graduating, Carly made a point to attend as much language revitalization training as possible to gain teaching methods, resources, and professional connections to assist in sustaining her heritage language, Western Mono. Currently, Carly is the Executive Director for the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) and is responsible for the implementation of the Advocates’ programs, vision, and mission to support the revitalization of languages Indigenous to California. In her spare time, Carly facilitates online language courses and YouTube videos, and is developing a website of online Mono resources.
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
Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D.
Institute Professor, Arizona State University
Los Angeles, CA
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