THE BANDMATES

Music Forward is an eclectic group of passionate professionals, with a diverse array of skills, talents, and interests. Each of us works to harness the power of music in creative ways that energize, inspire, and motivate young people and help them create pathways to productive, sustainable, and fulfilling lives.

Laura S. Clark
Acting Executive Director + Director of Programs

Laura is an experienced nonprofit professional with an extensive background in providing outcomes driven youth service programming. She began her career in Western New York where she developed and delivered educational access programs for at risk youth. Laura has presented best practices workshops at national youth at risk conferences and continues to lead dynamic teams in the delivery of engaging programs.

Elisa Morimoto
Director of Operations

I love bringing people together, big ideas and implementing a bit of process, sprinkled with a sense of urgency. When traveling, I split my time 45/55 between the city and the country, conversations with strangers and quiet moments. I enjoy music and sporting events, community fairs, and cooking with my family.

Nazanin Fatemian
Director of National Marketing & Partnerships

Naz is a nonprofit professional with a passion for program development and implementation. Her background is rooted in education and her work is driven by a spirited momentum in positive youth development. Naz is a Texas native managing Music Forward programs from her hometown of Dallas.

Bo Nicholson
National Institutional Giving Manager

I am a deeply committed nonprofit “lifer.” I enthusiastically champion the sector’s growth, diversification, and sustainability so that people from all walks of life, who are in need of many different forms of support, can be served in the best and most holistic ways possible. Service to talented young people who are learning, growing, and discovering the world around them has been an especially treasured part of my career, and I am grateful to be able to continue this work through grants fundraising at Music Forward. I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When I’m not busy writing proposals you can probably find me hanging out by the nearest breathtaking body of water, testing out an unfamiliar recipe, learning new steps at a salsa or kizomba class, or gabbing with loved ones over brunch.

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Andi Kenzer
Program Manager

A research geek with a passion for enhancing developmental outcomes for our youth, Andi has been working in youth programming for over a decade. She is a Midwesterner at heart and received her M.S. in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys travelling the world and seeing live music – preferably at the same time.

DeMarco White
Program Manager

I am DeMarco; a Chicago native. I join the organization with the hopes to bring my four years of experience in non-profit program development and implementation. I am an adventurous type of person who loves to explore. I have only been in Los Angeles for two years and since then my life has been a cross between “Broad City” and “The Real World”. Put simply, I am a dream chaser with an inhaler and I am more than ecstatic to create opportunities for our youth and communities as the Los Angeles Program Coordinator.  I live my life by these words “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”.

Charlie Gleeson
National Volunteer Coordinator

I love meeting new people, exchanging ideas, and sharing many healthy doses of laughter!  I am driven by a desire to connect the dots between people, places, cultures, and communities.  As a recently returned-home Angeleno, I look forward to working with the city that nurtured me, in a role that will foster long-lasting relationships between music industry professionals and the Music Forward community.  In my spare time, I enjoy sticking my nose in a great novel, dancing away to live music, hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains with my family, and hopping on planes, trains, and automobiles onto the next adventure!

Chinyere Achebe
Program Coordinator - Chicago

I am an “ILLUMINATOR”, who’s passionate about spreading light in the lives of those I come in contact with. I thrive on developing systems, marketing strategies and motivating people along the way. Being a Program Coordinator in the greatest city in the world (Chicago) allows me to impact, illuminate and inspire our future leaders. I have the privilege of offering programming that maps out career pathways, provides instruments and brings down houses!

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Robin Martin
Program Coordinator - New Orleans

I’m a New Orleans native, born into a family of musicians. Music has been and always will be my source of peace.
Other than that, I’m a rabid Saints fan (WHO DAT!), Michael Jackson fanatic, seafood addict, total bandhead, and world changer.

Nesha Price
Executive Assistant

Hello I’m Nesha; born and raised in Southern California. I am an ambitious, resilient, and fun-loving person with a passion to give back to the community. I spend a lot of time with my  beautiful daughter who is the light of my life and the reason for who I am today. I live for comedy along with the ability to make people laugh and bringing a smile to their face. I love art, dance, and music because they give meaning and inspiration to life, and being part of a nonprofit organization like House of Blues Music Forward Foundation brings purpose to my life.

Shay Champ
Development & Communications Assistant

Born and raised in Little Rock AR. I have been enjoying the California sun for the past 5 years. I enjoy a challenge and good piece of avocado toast, with over 10 years experience in International fashion and Development I am eager to see how much I can learn from this great opportunity I love to make things and people beautiful with a go with the flow attitude. So I live by this motto: Love Life I do. Say. Feel. What inspires me. Enjoying whatever comes next

Kyle Frankhuizen
Programs Intern

I am a student at UCLA looking to share my love for music with others who have similar goals of working in the music industry.  As both a student and a musician, I have learned the importance of hard work in pursuit of my goals. I chose Music Forward to work with a team that is dedicated to providing opportunities and experiences to youth in underserved areas of the community. My passion for music began at ten years old when I first picked up the guitar; today, I enjoy being around live music both as a performer and audience member. With the skills that I gain while interning at Music Forward, I hope to develop my professional skills and continue towards my goal of working in the music industry.

Elena Dypiangco
Development Intern

I am Elena, and I’m from Hacienda Heights, CA.  Music Forward prioritizes the individual creative voice while providing tangible ways for youth to engage with the music industry scene. I am impressed with how issues of accessibility are being addressed within this nonprofit. I am excited to be interning for an organization where there is a lot of exciting, groundbreaking work being done here, and eager to apply my writing skills to projects that make the programs a reality. I am interested in working in grant writing and development, at a nonprofit or institution of higher education. I also have creative aspirations to publish a collection of short stories or poetry one day. Music, especially as it pertains to the written word, has served as my emotional outlet throughout my life. It encourages me to continually evaluate myself and the world around me. Music transforms everyday banalities into pearls.

Brennen Bryant
Programs Intern

My name is Brennen Bryant, I am a passionate and hardworking self-starter looking to work within the music industry. I chose to intern for Music Forward due to the impact and opportunities that their programs provide for underserved individuals, as well as the hands-on nature of the internship as a whole. Music has a special place in my heart, and I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work in an industry where I have a strong passion. My fixation for music started when I began playing piano at a young age, and has continually grown throughout my life. In the future, I hope to be working for a music company as a project manager, and, further down the line, as an executive. I am beyond excited to see the opportunities that the Music Forward Program will open up for me, and I am elated to be given the chance to lead and empower others.