Board of Directors

SOMArts’ Current Board:
  • Michele Carlson, Interim Board President, Executive Director, Art Practical
  • Mike Anderson, Board Treasurer, Director of Finance, McKesson
  • Sally Hansen, Board Member, CPA, Burr Pilger Mayer
  • Sylvette Sawyers, Board Member, VP of Talent Acquisition, Opendoor
  • Luke Spray, Board Member, Corridor Manager, Portola Neighborhood
  • Rhiannon McFayden, Board Member, Co-director, Emerging Arts Professionals

Board service at SOMArts is a meaningful and gratifying opportunity to give back to an organization that is vital to the Bay Area’s arts ecosystem. To learn more about board service, email [email protected]

SOMArts Emeritus Board Members

  • Alex Cook, Board Member, Digital Product Management, @WalmartLabs
  • Sherry Suisman, Educational Consultant and Lecturer, San Francisco State University
  • Rhodessa Jones, Co-artistic Director of Cultural Odyssey, founder of the Medea Project, actress, dancer, singer, writer and teacher
  • Iris Fluellen, Associate Director at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
  • Nickolos Gomez, Architect
  • Dorothy Santos, Writer, Editor, Curator and Educator
  • Brian Freeman, Playwright, Director, former director of the Pomo Afro Homos theater group
  • Jacob Foster, Attorney
  • Sarah Davis, Producer, event planner
  • Drake Hawthorne, Architect and Designer at Perkins + Will; sculptor
  • David Kennedy, Attorney at Law
  • Lex Leifheit, former SOMArts Executive Director
  • Carlos Loarca, former SOMArts Gallery Director, Artist and Muralist 
  • Tom Mazzolini, Producer of SF Blues Festival, Member of President’s Advisory Committee of
    National Blues Foundation
  • Josette Melchor, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (GAFFTA.)
  • Ruth Passen, Coordinator of Potrero Hill Festival, Staff of Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
  • Ernest Rivera, former SOMArts Director of Technical Services
  • Anita Sanchez, Former Board President of West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Corp.
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