Harmony Project hires staff and teachers who not only reflect the diversity of our student population, but who embrace our organization’s outlook of inclusivity and equity. Many are bilingual and come from or have experience working in underserved communities and, therefore, understand that extra support and flexibility are crucial for student success. 

Leadership

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MYKA MILLER

Executive Director

Myka has overseen Harmony Project expand from 250 to over 3,500 students since joining as Executive Director in 2007. Under her direction, Harmony Project was awarded the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and launched new initiatives and partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles City College, and P.S. Arts. She is both a musician and executive.

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Natalie Jackson

Associate Director

Natalie has expertise in operations, accounting, planning, and extensive knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems. She has been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from $5 to $35 million.

Natalie joined Harmony Project in 2010. She is from Southern California and was introduced to the viola at a young age.

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Paloma Ramos

Senior Director of Programs

Paloma has formed a musical career in both performance and social justice. She began mentoring in public schools in 2006 and soon became Education Associate. In 2008, she joined the staff of Harmony Project.

Paloma has toured as a violinist with bands including Gnarls Barkley, has recorded with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and can be heard on several film soundtracks.

 
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Olivia Pittel

Program Director

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Maya Barrera

Senior Advancement Director

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Martin Pettis

Director of Community & Relational Engagement

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Mayra Moreno

Director of Student & Family Wellness

 
 

Staff

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Jennica Bisbee

Program Manager, EXPO Center / YOLA

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Nicole Casal

Programs Administrator

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Stephany Fernandez

Executive Assistant

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Taylor Fulton

Programs Administrator

 
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Andrew Leonard

Manager of Teaching & Learning

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BernY Lopez

Programs Administrator

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MiKE Manzo

Community Liaison

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Christian Martinez

Programs Administrator

 
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Jose Meza

Senior Programs Administrator

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Jaime MoraleS

Program Manager, La Habra

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Scott O’Gara

Data Manager

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David Perryman

Program Manager, Alexandria

 
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Emelie Pfaff

Instrument & Inventory Manager

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Bria Royal

Communications Manager

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Ashley Ruiz

Senior Programs Administrator

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Mark Teshirogi

Advancement Associate

 
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Moises Torres

Programs Administrator

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Angie Uriu

Program Manager, Pasadena

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Hugo Villanueva

Programs Administrator

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Clarence Walker

Programs Administrator

 

Larry Godsey

Music Librarian

 
 

Board of Directors

Howard Banchik

Chairman Emeritus

David A. Herrera

Chairman of the Board

Lisa K. Edwards

Vice Chair

Todd Brown

Treasurer

C. Timothy Smoot

Secretary

Ramin Abrams

Director

Robert Forst, Esq.

Director

Leon Gendelman, CPA

Directors

Janet Jubas

Director

Donald M. Kaplan

Director

Jerome L. Levine

Director

Todd Nathanson

Director

Karen Kay Platt

Director

Susan Plutsky, Ph.D.

Director

Damon Porter

Director

Jenifer Porter

Director

Sandra Rosenbaum

Director

Tim Siegel

Directors

Tony Silbert

Director

Michael Skloff

Director

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