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.

Deborah Dugan

President/CEO

Deborah Dugan

President/CEO

Deborah Dugan is President/CEO of the Recording Academy™. In this role, Dugan works closely with the Academy's Board of Trustees, Chair, 12 Chapter Boards and Officers, as well as the Academy's senior management team to advance the organization's goals and mission. She serves as President/CEO of the Academy's charitable affiliate MusiCares® and sits on the Boards of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation® and The Latin Recording Academy®. She also oversees the creative and strategic vision for the annual GRAMMY Awards®—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. Dugan serves as a leader on issues relating to the music industry—including participation in national caucuses, conferences, roundtables, keynotes, and key domestic and international industry-related organizations. In keeping with the Academy's position as an advocate for its constituents, Dugan develops and manages strategic advocacy positions at the national, state, and local levels—both governmental and within music and its related industries.

Formerly, Dugan served as CEO of (RED), the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver. She joined (RED) in 2011, and led its strategic vision for social engagement and its partnerships with Apple, Beats by Dre, Starbucks, Bank of America, Salesforce, and Latin America's Claro and Telcel, among many others. (RED) has raised more than $600 million for the Global Fund and has impacted the lives of 110 million people.

Prior to (RED), Dugan was President of Disney Publishing Worldwide, a $2 billion retail division of the Walt Disney Company. Dugan also served as Senior Advisor to the Tribeca Enterprises Board and spent eight years as Executive Vice President at EMI/Capitol Records. She began her career as a mergers and acquisition attorney on Wall Street.

Dugan currently serves as co-chair of The Moth, an award-winning organization dedicated to promoting the art and craft of storytelling. She has been recognized as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women" in the Forbes "Social Entrepreneurism" issue and as Elle's "Top Women To Help Change the World." Dugan was honored with PTTOW!'s "Nelson Mandela's Changemakers Award." She is a Tribeca Disruptor Awards Fellow and a Legacy Lab Honors' "Re-founders Of The Year."

Debbie Carroll

Vice President, MusiCares (Health & Human Services)

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

Executive In Charge Of Production & Chief Business Development Officer

Branden Chapman

Executive In Charge Of Production & Chief Business Development Officer

Branden Chapman serves as Executive in Charge of Production & Chief Business Development Officer for the Recording Academy™.

As Executive in Charge of Production, Chapman oversees the telecast logistics, including revenue and cost management, timeline scheduling, creative development, ticketing, credentialing, venue relations, security, and municipal relations. He oversees the production department for the Academy's telecast properties—the GRAMMY Awards® and other annual GRAMMY®-branded specials in addition to the Latin GRAMMY Awards®. Chapman 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 Week events. During his tenure, he has 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.

As Chief Business Development Officer, Chapman oversees 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 in July 2001, 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 in 1994 with a dual emphasis on entrepreneurship and marketing.

Rick Engdahl

Chief Information Officer

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.

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

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.

David Konjoyan

Vice President, Creative Services

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

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.

Laura Segura Mueller

Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations

Laura Segura Mueller

Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations

Laura Segura Mueller is the Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations for the Recording Academy™. She is responsible for spearheading the restructure of the organization's 12-Chapter system while leading the departmental effort to put a concentrated focus on industry relations. She oversees all member account services, programming initiatives, outreach strategies, and industry relations for the Academy's 25,000-plus members across the country.

During her tenure, the Academy has benefited from numerous initiatives led by Mueller, including refreshed Chapter operations and evolved membership qualifications. She's also made significant enhancements to Chapter programming, including targeted audience events, genre outreach initatives, and carefully-curated summits and round table programs.

Over the years, Mueller has built her professional career in service of entrepreneurial and independent creators, with a focus on membership programs, philanthropy, and community engagement strategies. Prior to joining the Recording 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.

Prior to 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. Here she cultivated the company's entertainment industry constituent base, including all levels of annual members and donors.

Mueller studied communications, journalism, and 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.

Michael Sticka

Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum

Michael Sticka

Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum

Michael Sticka serves as Executive Director 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.

Wayne Zahner

Chief Financial Officer

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.