Staff

 

juliaforaiJulia Salazar (Executive Director)

Julia is the former executive director of the 18th Street Arts Complex. She served as Director of the Community Outreach of Education Department for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center for over 13 years. She has served on the boards of Highways Performance Space and Outfest. Salazar was a vice president of strategic planning and development for Bold New World, an Internet incubator and new media company and a former partner in Spare Parts, Inc., a marketing and communications firm located in New York that specializes in building and expanding markets within the gay and lesbian community for Fortune 500 companies such as Absolut Vodka, American Airlines, IBM, Philip Morris, and Seagram Americas. She is an alumnus of Antioch University and California Graduate Institute. In 2012, she graduated from Alchemy+.

 

colorfulrenee-1Renee Dominique (Director of Development)

Since 2004 Renee has worn many hats at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Starting as an event producer and coordinator working on several projects to transitioning to Director of Operations in 2006 which morphed into the Director of Development to fully utilize her expertise in fundraising, event management and community outreach which include the procurement of sponsors for the Eagle Rock Music Festival and participants in the Annual Art Auction. In 2008 she received award from the California State Legislature’s Women In Business Award as The Nonprofit Employee of the Year. Her professional experience prior to transitioning into the in Non-profit sector was to manage a boutique employment service in Pasadena as a branch manager and outside sales executive. A consistent top performer she has earned multiple awards for achievement and surpassing goals. Renee is an active member of the community participating in local cultural and charitable events and service organizations. She is a graduate of Occidental College.

 

brianBrian Akio Martinez (Director of Events)

Brian has grown in the last 13 years, as he has built the momentum and curatorial vision behind the Eagle Rock Music Festival, as well as the music programming for Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. His drive to curate innovative concerts and events stems from his degree in Jazz Studies from CalState Los Angeles. As a musician, Brian has performed and recorded with Mia Doi Todd, Flying Lotus, Michel Gondry, Rodriguez, Blank Blue Aloe Blacc, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn plus many more. Brian recently formed Triangle Method, a new musical project that explores a hybrid approach with live instruments and Ableton Live. Curatorially, Brian brings diverse and contemporary concerts to the Center, including Tonalism, Deakin (Animal Collective), Futura, Dead Man’s Bones, Atlas Sound, Nick Waterhouse, Junip, Sholomo, Jonti, Baths, Black Dice and many more.

 

lauraLaura Marchetti (Director of Education)

Laura brings an art background as well as a working knowledge of educational and developmental practices to the Director of Education position, approaching the program holistically with the goal of creating a lifelong passion for the arts in each student.  Laura found her passion working in non-profit arts enrichment organizations, such as the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where she worked in part with the Getty Multicultural Internship program in 2008.  Laura paints, curates exhibitions, and makes comics. She has exhibited at Amy Adler’s Echo Park Studio, LACE, ApexArt, and has been featured in Little Paper Planes, The Examiner, and OWLS.  Laura Marchetti graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Visual Art.

 

 

Illustrations by Laura Marchetti