Recording Academy Executives

The Recording Academy's leadership team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage. As the world's leading society of music professionals, our leadership team works year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

Harvey Mason jr.

Interim President/CEO
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Harvey Mason jr.

Interim President/CEO

Harvey Mason Jr. is Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy® and serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees. He is the presiding officer of the Recording Academy and presides at all meetings of the Board of Trustees. He also chairs the Executive Committee and serves as a member of each Standing Committee, and in an Ex Officio capacity on every other committee appointed by the Board. He represents the Board of Trustees and, by extension, the Membership of the Academy in all Academy business, as well as all Academy events and functions.

Mason has penned and produced songs for both industry legends and today's biggest superstars. Everyone from Whitney Houston to Beyoncé, Elton John to Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin to Ariana Grande, Britney Spears to Camila Cabello, Luther Vandross to Justin Bieber, and Michael Jackson to Chris Brown have called on Mason to deliver uniquely musical, yet radio-friendly hit records. Simultaneously, Mason has been instrumental in producing memorable music for many of the biggest musical films and TV events from the past decade. Films such as Dreamgirls, Sparkle, Shrek, the Pitch Perfect franchise, Straight Outta Compton, SING, and TV shows, including "The Wiz Live!" and "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert," have counted on Mason's musical talent and taste. He is currently working on producing all the music for Sing 2 for Universal Pictures, as well as musical projects for Disney and Netflix.

Mason donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including GRAMMY In The Schools®, MusiCares®, Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Harvey received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 from the T.J. Martell Foundation for his philanthropic efforts.

Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
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Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Valeisha Butterfield Jones serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Recording Academy®. She is responsible for advancing the Recording Academy's mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards, and demonstrated throughout the organization.

In her role, Butterfield Jones brings business acumen and strategic rigor to inclusion practices across all areas of the Recording Academy, including internal and external programs, organizational and staff culture, membership, awards and related initiatives. As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Butterfield Jones is responsible for designing, building and implementing world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.

Prior to joining the Academy, Butterfield Jones served as global head of inclusion at Google, Inc., where she was responsible for accelerating diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities internally and externally across the global brand. She also served as the national youth vote director for the Obama for America campaign, delivering one of the highest youth voter turnouts in American history and in the Obama Administration as the deputy director of public affairs for International Trade. She served as the senior vice president of Rush Communications (Def Jam Enterprises, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) and as the national director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association. Her two decades-long career began at Home Box Office (HBO Sports).

In 2007, Butterfield Jones co-founded Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), a nonprofit, global coalition of women and men committed to the balanced, positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry. She also serves on the National Board of Directors of ColorComm, MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Network and iVote for America.

Her leadership has been recognized by Forbes, Glamour, and Ebony magazine's Power 100, The Root 100, Essence magazine's Top 40 Under 40, Elle magazine's Top 25 Most Inspiring Women, Fortune, and others.

Butterfield Jones earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University.

Debbie Carroll

Vice President, MusiCares (Health & Human Services)
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Debbie Carroll

Vice President, MusiCares (Health & Human Services)

Debbie Carroll, Vice President of MusiCares® Health & Human Services, is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing MusiCares’ programs and services nationally. Under her leadership, MusiCares has succeeded in substantially increasing their programs and services from 230 clients and $236,000 distributed in 1998 to approximately 8,600 clients and more than $6.5 million distributed in 2018. 10 years ago, Carroll was instrumental in launching MusiCares’ first Preventative Healthy Essentials Clinic. Since then, the program has expanded to over 300 annual events nationwide that address medical issues, dental and hearing health, addiction recovery services, and educational topics of interest to music people.

With nine years prior experience in the human services field, Carroll joined MusiCares in August of 1998, and worked in various capacities in the health care industry, ranging from hospital settings to private practice. During the course of her illustrious career, Carroll was instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Georgia.

She currently serves as chairman of ACM Lifting Lives as well as the Onsite Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Cumberland Heights and Music Health Alliance Advisory Boards. She has been honored for the past five years with the Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music Business Award. Carroll has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, such as the Communication Service Award through the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in 2015.

Carroll holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia, and her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Branden Chapman

Chief Operating Officer
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Branden Chapman

Chief Operating Officer

Branden Chapman serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Recording Academy®. He is responsible for leading the Entertainment/Consumer Division, which includes Partnerships & Business Development, Communications, Digital Media, Marketing & Branding, Production, and Talent Relations.

In his role, Chapman oversees the slate of telecast specials, digital series and content while focusing on strategic growth of the Academy's entertainment offerings. In collaboration with the President/CEO, he is responsible for revenue growth, expense management and the execution of the Entertainment and Consumer business unit’s operating plan and long term strategies that support the Recording Academy’s mission and vision.

Chapman previously served as Executive in Charge of Production, where he oversaw the telecast logistics, including revenue and cost management, timeline scheduling, creative development, ticketing, credentialing, venue relations, security, and municipal relations. During his tenure, he conceived and launched events featuring the Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, JAY-Z, Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Sam Smith, among others. Chapman also served as Chief Business Development Officer, where he was responsible for many of the Academy's business development initiatives, including the international sales of the telecast properties and brand expansion efforts. He was appointed as the Academy representative to manage the early development of the GRAMMY Museum®, which opened in 2008.

Prior to joining the organization, Chapman had more than seven years of experience in television, event production and management consulting. He currently serves on the boards of the GRAMMY Museum and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. In 2003 he was named Event Planner of the Year by BizBash.

Chapman earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a dual emphasis on entrepreneurship and marketing.

Rick Engdahl

Chief Information Officer
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Rick Engdahl

Chief Information Officer

Rick Engdahl serves as Chief Information Officer for the Recording Academy® and is responsible for overseeing all computer, networking, security, telecommunications, data operations, and software development for the Academy and its sub-brands—MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Museum® along with The Latin Recording Academy®. Engdahl also manages technical operations for the remote production offices and event production during the telecasts for both the Recording Academy and The Latin Recording Academy.

For more than 30 years, Engdahl has been involved in various facets of the entertainment industry. He began his career training producers and directors on the budgeting and scheduling software process for film and television projects for major film studios. Engdahl also served six years as the director of information services for Walt Disney Company's film and television divisions, where he was responsible for the implementation and operation of all production and financial computer systems for their live-action feature film divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Miramax. Most recently, Engdahl spent four years as the vice president of information technology at Sega Entertainment U.S.A., Inc, a North American entertainment/restaurant chain originally created by Steven Spielberg and Universal. During his tenure at Sega, he established centralized, real-time financial and gaming systems used for marketing trends and statistical analysis.

Engdahl holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics/computer science from UCLA.

Hilary Fahlsing

Vice President, Finance and Administration, GRAMMY Museum
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Hilary Fahlsing

Vice President, Finance and Administration, GRAMMY Museum

Hilary Fahlsing serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the GRAMMY Museum®. She oversees the fiscal management of the Museum, including finance and accounting, legal, human resources, and insurance/risk management.

In her role, she is responsible for ensuring the long-term fiscal health and sustainability of the organization. She manages finance and accounting, legal, human resources, insurance, and IT for the Museum. She also serves as a staff liaison to the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors. Fahlsing joined the GRAMMY Museum in 2018 and has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit finance, administration and operations.

She began her career as a volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure upon learning of her mother-in-law's breast cancer diagnosis. During her tenure at Komen, Fahlsing transitioned from an unpaid volunteer to the director of operations for the Los Angeles County affiliate. She continued in the nonprofit sector at Toberman Neighborhood Center as chief financial officer, followed by the Hammer Museum as director of finance & human resources for nearly five years. She has consulted for other nonprofits and has helped organizations navigate significant change from growth to acquisition to other transformations.

Fahlsing holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Lisa Farris

Chief Digital Officer
Lisa Farris, Recording Academy Chief Digital Officer

Lisa Farris

Chief Digital Officer

Lisa Farris is the Chief Digital Officer for the Recording Academy®, overseeing the evolution of the organization's digital media platforms and supporting its mission through omni-channel strategies and execution. In collaboration with the Recording Academy's leadership team, Farris is responsible for building upon the foundational elements of the organization that support all music creators, while connecting music audiences and stakeholders across digital platforms.

In her role, she is tasked with transforming and innovating digital experiences, while keeping the Recording Academy attuned to the changing media landscape. Farris leads the Digital Media team responsible for audience growth, product strategy and development, content strategy, production distribution, and data analytics. Under Farris's leadership, the Digital Media team forges relationships with technology partners to further drive innovation and improve experiences across all digital touchpoints.

Prior to joining the Recording Academy, Farris served as chief digital & brand officer for MetricVision; co-founder of Get This, a technology that leveraged audio recognition to shop video entertainment; chief marketing officer for Move, Inc.; senior vice president of strategic marketing at Universal Music Group's eLabs; and vice president of strategic marketing & new media at MCA Records.

Lisa currently serves as a mentor for entrepreneurship students at Loyola Marymount University and advises a summer financial literacy program there that is taught by the University's students to high school pupils.

Daryl Friedman

Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer
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Daryl Friedman

Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer

Daryl P. Friedman serves as Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer for the Recording Academy® and is responsible for overseeing the advocacy, membership, and industry relations divisions. Friedman also orchestrates cross-departmental efforts to advance the overall advocacy goals of the Recording Academy.

Friedman joined the Recording Academy in 1997, establishing the organization's Washington, D.C. office, which he has since grown from a sole member to a five-person team. During his tenure, he created and launched GRAMMYs on the Hill®, Washington's largest annual music advocacy program, as well as a number of programs to advance the rights of music creators through advocacy, education, and dialogue. Friedman also leads the charge on the Academy's annual District Advocate program—a nationwide grassroots effort that has become the largest music advocacy activation in the United States.

A music industry professional for more than 30 years, Friedman previously directed external affairs for the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.

Friedman was named Executive of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association in 2000 and currently serves on the boards of the National Music Council and Creative Community for Peace.

He received his master's degree in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C., and his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Shonda Grant

Chief People & Culture Officer
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Shonda Grant

Chief People & Culture Officer

Shonda Grant serves as the Chief People & Culture Officer for the Recording Academy®. She is responsible for leading all nationwide HR-related activities, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, employee relations, training and development, legal compliance, health and wellness, and policy development for the Recording Academy, the Latin Recording Academy®, MusiCares®, the GRAMMY Museum®, and the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.

In her role, Grant is a strategic partner and executive coach to the Academy's senior management team, department heads, Chapter executives, and elected leaders. She is tasked with maintaining and enhancing all employee benefit programs and related costs while ensuring the Academy continues to be a highly desirable and competitive employer. Grant is committed to the safety and well-being of Academy staff, upholding the organization's diverse and inclusive workplace, and leading programs and initiatives that encourage a healthier lifestyle and work/life balance.

She currently serves as the Academy's delegate on the Hollywood Commission, established to create an equitable future by defining and implementing best practices that eliminate sexual harassment and bias for all workers and actively promote a culture of accountability, respect, and equality.

Prior to joining the Academy, Grant held various human resources roles in the technology and telecommunications industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

David Konjoyan

Vice President, Creative Services
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David Konjoyan

Vice President, Creative Services

David Konjoyan serves as the Vice President of Creative Services for the Recording Academy®, overseeing the organization's print and design projects with the twin goals of on-brand messaging and a creative aesthetic. He is a key partner in developing and producing the Academy’s creative collateral in support of its programs and initiatives, including the GRAMMY Awards® and Latin GRAMMY Awards®.  

Additionally, he is responsible for publishing the official program books for the GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY Awards telecasts and special book projects such as 2017's A GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™ and the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 40th Anniversary celebration book. He also runs lead on the business relationship with Billboard that produces the Billboard/GRAMMY Nominations Guide and Preview issues. In 2007 he edited And The GRAMMY Goes To..., a coffee table book celebrating 50 years of the GRAMMY Awards.

Prior to joining the Recording Academy, he worked as a music journalist and held positions in radio promotion and public relations. He's written articles for numerous publications as well as album liner notes and press packages. Konjoyan has also developed and executive produced two albums—1994's tribute to Karen and Richard Carpenter, If I Were A Carpenter, and the off-beat nod to the neo-lounge movement, Lounge-A-Palooza, in 1997.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Western Publishing Association.

Konjoyan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lourdes Lopez Patton

Vice President, Communications
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Lourdes Lopez Patton

Vice President, Communications

Lourdes Lopez Patton is the Vice President of Communications for the Recording Academy®, overseeing vision and execution of all aspects of strategic external communications, including media relations, public relations, corporate communications, and reputation management for the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Awards® and its affiliated entities—MusiCares® and the GRAMMY Museum®.

In collaboration with the Recording Academy's leadership team, Lopez Patton builds upon the foundational elements of the organization that support all music creators, while working to enhance and expand its media presence. As head of the communications department, she spearheads the overall communications strategy for the Recording Academy and her department is one of the key voices of the organization and all of its related entities. Additionally, Lopez Patton implements and executes strategic communications plans and promotions for the GRAMMY Awards and all GRAMMY Week initiatives. This includes managing all aspects of the red carpet and media center for the GRAMMY Awards—including design, budget, day-to-day operations, stakeholder satisfaction, volunteer coordination, and media placement—setting the gold standard for media events in the music industry. She is also responsible for leading public relations efforts for the Recording Academy's 12 Chapters nationwide, ensuring the Academy brand is authentically represented throughout various Chapter events and programs.

Lopez Patton has more than 24 years of experience working in the entertainment and consumer goods fields. Since 2002, and prior to her appointment as Vice President of Communications, Lopez Patton held the roles of Sr. Director, Director, Manager, and Coordinator within the Recording Academy's marketing communications department. She has overseen operations including marketing, event management, staffing, quality, financial control, and has managed public relations for national and international member and industry events, including for the Latin GRAMMY Awards®

She belongs to several professional member organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, the Entertainment Professional Society, and Eventovation.

Lopez Patton is a native of Jalisco, Mexico, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis on public relations and marketing from California State University, Northridge.

Ruby Marchand

Chief Industry Officer
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Ruby Marchand

Chief Industry Officer

Ruby Marchand serves as Chief Industry Officer for the Recording Academy®, leading the Trade/Industry Division and overseeing the Membership & Industry Relations and Awards departments.

Prior to joining the executive team, Marchand held several elected leadership roles at the Academy. In 2004, she was elected Governor and Vice President of the New York Chapter, where she co-chaired GRAMMY In The Schools® for more than 10 years. In 2011, Marchand was elected a National Trustee from the New York Chapter and served for two terms. She was elected Vice Chair of the Academy by the National Board of Trustees in 2015 and served until 2019. Additionally, she was co-chair of the Awards & Nominations Committee for seven years and helped drive new eligibility rules related to streaming as well as the process of refreshing fields and categories for the GRAMMY Awards®. As an elected leader, Marchand has served on many national committees, including Membership, Planning & Governance, Finance, and Executive. Additionally, Marchand was a member of the National Advocacy Committee in 2015–16 and represented the Academy on an historic trade mission in 2014 with A2IM and several independent labels to Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong.

Marchand previously held leadership roles at Warner Music Group, including vice president of international A&R, head of A&R for Cordless Recordings and Ryodisc, and senior vice president of revenue and repertoire assurance. Marchand has also served as a consultant to the Music and Performing Arts Professions' program at NYU and other companies and organizations. She is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt's Music Business Program where she co-teaches production and A&R in the music industry.

Marchand serves as secretary and national trustee of the T. J. Martell Foundation, a cancer research foundation supported by the music industry that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer. In 2016, she received the Women of Influence Award from the T. J. Martell Foundation in New York.

Marchand attended Oberlin College where she graduated with an independent major in translating the work of French and German women poets into English. She studied flute at the Oberlin Conservatory and played in the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble and the Oberlin gamelan.

Adam Roth

Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development
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Adam Roth

Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development

Adam Roth serves as Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development for the Recording Academy®, responsible for establishing and growing the partnerships and business development function at the organization.

In addition to developing results-driven programs for current GRAMMY Awards® sponsors, Roth creates the strategic planning and sales strategy for developing new business and revenue opportunities. He uses his deep network of industry relationships across the arts, fashion, music, entertainment, and technology industries to create 360 deals as a way to drive new business across all entities of the Recording Academy, including MusiCares®, GRAMMY Museum®, Producers & Engineers Wing®, and The Latin Recording Academy®.

Prior to joining the organization in 2019, Roth served as vice president of strategic partnerships for the not-for-profit, membership-based trade organization Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In this role he was responsible for bringing the CFDA and the fashion industry at large into high-profile arenas to promote both the organization and its membership to new audiences. His accomplishments while at CFDA include creating the first-ever MTV-CFDA Fashion Vanguard Award for the MTV-VMAs and implementing key marketing initiatives with the NFL for Super Bowl 50 and Google. He also spent seven years at Condé Nast, where he was in charge of developing custom programs for luxury advertising partners across their men's, women's, travel, and home brands.

Roth was named Condé Nast Marketer of the Year in 2008 and Marketer of the Quarter in 2011. He also spent three years as a founding member of the New York LGBT Center's Business Mentorship program for youth ages 13–22.

He holds an associate's degree from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.

Bob Santelli

Founding Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum
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Bob Santelli

Founding Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum

Bob Santelli serves as Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum®. In his role, Santelli advises the President of the Museum on key content and programmatic issues. He curates the Museum's main exhibitions, hosts selective educational and public programs and oversees the Museum's Institutional and University Affiliate programs. Santelli is also responsible for consulting with the GRAMMY Museum's sister institutions —the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the GRAMMY Museum Experience in Newark, New Jersey.

During his tenure, Santelli helped the Museum expanded its brand with the opening of new museums in three domestic markets; curated over 65 exhibits, many of which traveled internationally; produced over 600 public programs; and formed educational partnerships with the White House and The Kennedy Center. Following the merger of the GRAMMY Museum and the GRAMMY Foundation in 2017, Santelli was named Founding Executive Director and currently oversees the Museum's outside projects and traveling exhibits.

Prior to joining the GRAMMY Museum, Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and was the museum's first Director of Education and Vice President of Public Programs. In 2000, he was appointed CEO of the Experience Music Project (now MoPOP) in Seattle, the first-ever interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK's first pop music museum, the British Music Experience.

Santelli a frequent lecturer on American music and a noted blues and rock historian, contributing to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, among other periodicals, as well as the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings From E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, both New York Times bestsellers. In 2012, Santelli co-produced Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, which earned him a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Historical Album. In 2020, Santelli won a GRAMMY for Best Historical Album for his work on Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection.

Santelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Monmouth University and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

David R. Sears

Vice President of Education for GRAMMY In The Schools, GRAMMY Museum
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David R. Sears

Vice President of Education for GRAMMY In The Schools, GRAMMY Museum

David R. Sears serves as Vice President of Education for GRAMMY In The Schools® at the GRAMMY Museum®. In his role, Sears is responsible for the Museum's renowned GRAMMY Camp®, the Music Educator Award™, career-based education programs, and all regional and national education programs and initiatives.
He is responsible for creating a path to increase the scale of GRAMMY In The Schools educational activities by developing and implementing more robust online offerings throughout the year. He also works with internal and external entities to expand online education content and deliver it throughout the year.

Sears joined the Recording Academy® in 1994 as Senior Project Manager with the GRAMMY Foundation and has since held positions as Director of Education, Senior Director of Education and Executive Education Director. He has been integral in the development and successful implementation of the national education initiatives at the GRAMMY Museum, such as GRAMMY In The Schools, GRAMMY® Career Day, GRAMMY SoundChecks®, GRAMMY Camp, Music Educator Award, GRAMMY Signature Schools, GRAMMY Sessions, and more. He has held many positions in the music industry, such as professional musician, public high school music educator, music director, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, and more contributing to his multifaceted music background.

Sears is a lifetime voting member of the Recording Academy, a member of the College Music Society Career Development and Entrepreneurship Committee, the Advisory Committee of the Herb Alpert Music Center at Los Angeles City College, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a published contributor to the symposium Tanglewood II — Charting the Future and conceived the book of lesson plans Careers Through Music — Building Employable Skills In Your Music Class.

Sears did his undergraduate and graduate college studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

Laura Segura

Executive Director, MusiCares
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Laura Segura

Executive Director, MusiCares

Laura Segura is the Executive Director of MusiCares®. She is responsible for leveraging relationships and networks that advance MusiCares' mission and works across private, public and corporate sectors to expand development and ensure quality programming.

In her role, Segura serves as the organization's spokesperson and senior representative, guiding MusiCares' efforts and increasing awareness of the foundation's role in serving the music community's needs. She works to improve and/or establish programs and services that enhance MusiCares' mission, as well as identify develop cooperative leadership initiatives that align with the organization's objectives. Segura cultivates and manages appropriate advocacy positions with like organizations and associations, the recording industry and government sector.

Segura previously served as Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations for the Recording Academy®. The organization has benefited from numerous initiatives led by her, including refreshed Chapter operations and evolved membership qualifications. In 2018, she worked closely with the Board of Trustees to reform the system into a peer recommendation and peer review model. She has also made significant enhancements to Chapter programming, genre-based outreach, and was instrumental in the Recording Academy's work with its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

Prior to joining the Academy, she led the global alliances department at the X Prize Foundation, where she oversaw membership fundraising programs and outreach events. She also served as the key relationships manager for partnering philanthropists, trustees, major gift members, corporations, and foundations. Before X Prize, she worked for Film Independent, a nonprofit membership organization best known for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. There, she cultivated the company's entertainment industry constituent base, including all levels of annual members and donors.

Segura studied communications, journalism, ethics and democracy at the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She received a graduate certificate from Harvard University in exponential fundraising.

Lynne Sheridan

Vice President of Artist Relations, Programs and Content, GRAMMY Museum
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Lynne Sheridan

Vice President of Artist Relations, Programs and Content, GRAMMY Museum

Lynne Sheridan serves as Vice President of Artist Relations, Programs and Content for the GRAMMY Museum®. Sheridan leads the Museum's Public Programs and oversees the Museum's digital content department. She also spearheads the Museum’s artist relations efforts and manages the Museum’s production team.

In her role, Sheridan develops programmatic content for the virtual GRAMMY Museum and books and produces all live public programming. A 30-year music industry veteran, she has been with the GRAMMY Museum since its inception in 2007. During her time at the Museum, Sheridan created the Public Programs series, booking and producing nearly 1,000 artist interviews, performances, film screenings, and panel discussions with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Brandi Carlile, Common, Haim, La Santa Cecilia, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Nicks, Public Enemy, Mavis Staples, Ringo Starr, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Jack White, Brian Wilson, X, and more.

Prior to joining the GRAMMY Museum, Sheridan worked in New York City at Columbia Records, Epic Records, Tommy Boy Music, and the Bob Dylan Music Company. She has booked and produced panels, programs, showcases and concerts at SXSW in Austin, Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, and various tribute shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Sheridan has also produced concerts such as "Like a Complete Unknown: A Concert Celebrating the Music of Bob Dylan" with the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, collaborated with the New York Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center on various programs, and co-produced all five Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert celebrations that took place nationwide in 2012.

Sheridan currently serves as an active board member for the Americana Music Association. She has also served as Secretary on the executive board for the past five years.

Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.

Michael Sticka

President, GRAMMY Museum
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Michael Sticka

President, GRAMMY Museum

Michael Sticka serves as President of the GRAMMY Museum®. In his role, he is responsible for creating and executing the Museum's strategy of growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization. Drawing on his strong belief in community and the necessity of arts for all, he established a Department of Community Engagement, empowered to create deep and impactful community partnerships throughout Los Angeles. In his first communication to the members of the Museum and to the public, Sticka launched his vision of the GRAMMY Museum as a world class cultural institution and industry leader of museums.

Sticka joined the Recording Academy® in March 2014 as Assistant Controller/Director of Accounting, after having consulted for the Academy's Business Affairs Department. He was later appointed Director of Finance and Administration for the GRAMMY Museum, where he successfully designed and oversaw a strategic planning process to evaluate and strategize for the future of the GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum as a combined entity.

Prior to joining the Academy, he spent a majority of his career as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and running a small, independent nonprofit theatre in Dayton, Ohio. He spent five years at Blackbaud, Inc., working as a financial and fundraising consultant for more than 200 nonprofits throughout North America.

After leaving Blackbaud, Sticka served as vice president of Strategic Leadership Associates in Dayton, a leadership and management consulting firm with a strong history and portfolio of improving organizations and their business practices.

During his time living in Dayton, Sticka focused much of his energy on his passion for theatre and the arts. He co-founded The Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton with a long-time friend and colleague. While executive director of Zoot, Sticka produced in-school performances for more than 100 schools throughout the region and worked with storied institutions, such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Opera, the Human Race Theatre Company, the Victoria Theatre Association, and more.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Dayton.

Rex Supa

Vice President, Production & Business Development
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Rex Supa

Vice President, Production & Business Development

Rex Supa serves as Vice President of Production & Business Development for the Recording Academy®, overseeing telecast logistics, event management, financial management, creative development, ticketing, credentialing, venue relations, and municipal relations for the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Awards®. Supa also serves as a trusted partner and advisor to the Academy's affiliates — The Latin Recording Academy®, GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares®.

In his role, he is tasked with overseeing the Production department for the Academy's telecast properties in addition to the Latin GRAMMY Awards®. Supa is responsible for the planning, management and execution of various special projects and productions for the Recording Academy and The Latin Recording Academy, including premier annual GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY Week events. He also leads many of the Academy's business development initiatives, including telecast ticket and suite sales.

Supa joined the Recording Academy as an intern in 2000 and has since held positions of Coordinator, Manager, Director, and Sr. Managing Director within the Recording Academy’s Production & Business Development department. Throughout his tenure he has developed and grown many signature productions, including Clive Davis' and Recording Academy’s Pre-GRAMMY Gala, the GRAMMY Celebration®, and The Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year Gala. He is also a founding member of the Academy's Diversity & Inclusion Staff Council.

Supa holds a Bachelor of Arts in radio, television and film with an emphasis in production management from California State University, Northridge.

Wayne Zahner

Chief Financial Officer
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Wayne Zahner

Chief Financial Officer

With more than 27 years of auditing, accounting, and financial reporting experience, Wayne Zahner currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Recording Academy®, NARAS Properties, Inc., and the GRAMMY Museum®. He is responsible for and oversees all accounting, financial, legal, insurance, trademark, copyright, and facilities-related matters.

Zahner joined the Recording Academy as Controller in October 2001. He was promoted to Director of Business Affairs in December 2002 and appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2004.

Prior to joining the Academy, he worked in management consulting with an emphasis on construction, cost accounting, and fraud prevention at Jefferson Wells International. Previously, Zahner was the manager of the internal audit department of KB Home, one of the nation's largest residential homebuilders, where he planned and executed financial, internal control, construction inventory, mortgage servicing, and fraud audits. He also worked as an assistant controller and senior internal auditor for Ryland Homes; senior financial accountant with USF&G Insurance, preparing financial statements, SEC filings, and accounting research; and as a senior auditor with C.W. Amos & Company, LLC, a regional public accounting firm on the East Coast.

Zahner is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was honored as a finalist, for the second year in a row, in the nonprofit category in the 2008 Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year Awards.

Zahner holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland.