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.

Chief Executive Officer, Recording Academy & MusiCares



Harvey Mason jr. serves as CEO of the Recording Academy®. He was originally named Interim President/CEO in January 2020 while serving as Chair of the Academy's Board of Trustees, and after a global search, was named permanent CEO in June 2021.

While serving in both positions, Mason has led a transformation of the Academy that has diversified its membership; revised rules and processes to make the GRAMMY Awards® more transparent, inclusive and reflective of a wide variety of musical genres; enlarged its role as a service organization for music creators — particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic — and restructured the organization to position it for global growth and diversification. Mason is also the first Black CEO in the Academy's history.

As CEO, Mason works closely with the Academy's Board of Trustees and senior management team, including its two new Co-Presidents, to advance the Academy's goals and mission. He also serves as CEO of MusiCares® and is on the boards of the GRAMMY Museum®, Latin Recording Academy® and Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.

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Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Co-President
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Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Co-President

Valeisha Butterfield Jones serves as Co-President for the Recording Academy®. In her role, she is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for the organization, including People and Culture, Membership, Awards, Advocacy, Communications, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and related initiatives. She leverages data insights and delivers practical solutions to solve complex problems.

Butterfield Jones previously served as the Recording Academy's first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, responsible for advancing the Academy's mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards, demonstrated throughout the organization. She oversaw the designing, building and implementation of world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.

Prior to joining the Recording Academy, Butterfield Jones spent two decades driving change and accelerating business outcomes for global brands at the intersections of entertainment, technology and politics. Butterfield Jones served as the global head of inclusion for Google, Inc., responsible for accelerating diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities internally and externally across the global brand. In this role, she led strategies and teams across the United States, EMEA, APAC, and LatAm, focused on access to quality education, growth for minority-owned businesses, global partnerships, and pathways into S.T.E.A.M. for historically marginalized groups. She also served as the national youth vote director for the Obama for America campaign, helping to deliver 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 also held positions as the national executive director and senior vice president of Rush Communications / the 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 people committed to the balanced, positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry.

Her leadership has been recognized by Forbes and Glamour, and featured on 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. In 2021, she was awarded the Pathways to Excellence Award, presented annually to Clark Atlanta University graduates who have consistently made a proven impact in the lives of others.

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Panos A. Panay
Co-President
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Panos A. Panay

Co-President

Panos A. Panay serves as Co-President and Chief Revenue Officer for the Recording Academy®. In his role, Panay drives business growth across the entire organization to further expand the service offerings for Academy members and the industry. With a focus on identifying new partnerships, global expansion and leveraging new technologies, he drives strategic advancement for the Academy’s objectives and fosters a culture of innovation.

Prior to joining the Recording Academy, Panay served as the senior vice president for Global Strategy and Innovation at Berklee College of Music and is a fellow at MIT Connection Science. At Berklee, he led the development and execution of the college's overarching strategic plan; founded the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship; oversaw its campuses in New York City, Valencia (Spain) and Abu Dhabi, as well as the Music + Health and India Exchange Institutes; and steered new partnerships, program development and the incorporation of new technologies. He also led Berklee's expansion to China and the K-12 sector. Prior to Berklee, Panay was founder and CEO of Sonicbids, the leading platform for emerging artists to connect with music promoters, resulting in over 1 million gigs booked in over 80 countries around the world. He led the company for 13 years until after its successful acquisition in 2013. He started his career as a talent agent and vice president at The Kurland Agency, booking the international tours for GRAMMY®-winning artists such as Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis.

Panay has been recognized in Fast Company's Fast 50, Inc Magazine's Inc 500, Mass Hi-Tech All Stars, and Boston Globe's Game Changers. For his work with Sonicbids, Panay was also profiled in the book Outsmart by best-selling author Jim Champy and spoke at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland as part of his work with Open Music. He has been a guest on programs such as CNBC's "Squawk Box" and a guest writer about entrepreneurship for Forbes, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Inc Magazine, among others. He is a public speaker at many universities and events around the world. His first book Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation, co-authored with R. Michael Hendrix of IDEO, was released earlier this year and was named as a business book of the month of April by the Financial Times.

Panay holds a music business & management degree from Berklee College of Music and is a current candidate for an Executive MBA from IE Business School / Brown University.

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Ryan Butler
Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Ryan Butler

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Ryan Butler serves as Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Recording Academy® where he leads diversity, equity and inclusion internally and externally for the Recording Academy and its affiliates. He is responsible for enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion efforts and ensuring the Academy's core value of diversity, equity and inclusion remains embedded throughout all aspects of the organization, including internal staff culture, Membership, Awards, Advocacy, and related programs. He also sets national and Chapter goals to accelerate outcomes for underrepresented communities and creators.

Butler joined the Academy in 2019 as a key member of the Advocacy and Public Policy team and later served as Director then Senior Advisor of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion department. Within DEI, he's led various efforts including the launch of the Academy's first-ever Black Music Collective and the podcast of the same name, the Women In The Mix® Study alongside Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University, and the implementation of an Inclusion Rider for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Butler also was instrumental in launching a series of partnerships including Color Of Change and GLAAD. During his tenure as Senior Advisor, Butler simultaneously served as the Founding Executive Director of the Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University.

Prior to his role at Howard, he held various positions at Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communication at Hampton University, beginning as an adjunct professor and becoming the Assistant Dean for Administration. He also held past roles at 3EE Consulting, Atlantic Records, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP, and District of Columbia Superior Courts in Washington, D.C.

Butler serves on Warner Music Group's Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the ADCOLOR for Music Advisory Board. In 2020, he was a founding member and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee on the Recording Academy's Staff Council. He also has received multiple Outstanding Professor Awards, an Academic Excellence Award and a President's Ambassador of Excellence Award from Hampton University.

Butler holds a bachelor's degree in strategic, legal & management communication from Howard University and a master's degree in music business, with a concentration in entertainment, media & technology from New York University.

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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.

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Andie Cox
Vice President, Communications
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Andie Cox

Vice President, Communications

Andie Cox serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Recording Academy®. In her role, she directly supports the Executive Vice President in the creation of the overall communications strategy for the Recording Academy and implementing and executing communications plans and promotions for the GRAMMY Awards® and all GRAMMY® Week initiatives. She also leads public relations efforts for the Recording Academy's 12 Chapters nationwide — ensuring the Academy brand is authentically represented throughout various Chapter events and programs — and spearheads the communication strategies for the Academy's Advocacy Department, Awards Process and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives.

Cox joined the Academy in 2014 as Senior Manager in the Marketing Communications department and was later promoted to Director. She most recently served as Managing Director of Communications, where she led numerous communications campaigns, including the membership model refresh in 2018, the Academy's first-ever Black Music Collective, and its partnership with Color Of Change. Cox also led a communications effort for MusiCares® that established COVID-19 Relief in support of music industry professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the Academy, Cox held roles at the GRAMMY Museum®, where she served as Communications Coordinator and Communications Manager. She also held roles at Victory Records, Bonneau Production Services and Ragan Communications.

In 2020, Cox received the PR Week Purpose Award for her work supporting the MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief campaign. She was also recognized on PR Week's 2021 Top 40 Under 40 list for her impactful contributions to the public relations industry. She is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Cox holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in public relations and sociology from Ball State University.

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Todd Dupler
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy
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Todd Dupler

Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy

Todd Dupler serves as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy for the Recording Academy®. In his role, he works with the Academy's leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community and represents the interests of the Academy's members before Congress and federal agencies. He also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy's 12 regional chapters.

Dupler joined the Recording Academy in 2012, and most recently served as Managing Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. He was instrumental in launching the Academy's District Advocate program — the largest grassroots music advocacy initiative of its kind — as well as the GRAMMY® Fund for Music Creators, the Academy's political action committee, where he currently acts as the GRAMMY Fund's Treasurer. He has also managed the GRAMMYs on the Hill® Advocacy Day for nine years.

Dupler has over two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., and extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. Prior to joining the Academy, he served on the legislative staffs of two members of Congress and a United States senator, including serving as the legislative director to the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries. In addition, he was also a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and has experience in state government.

Dupler is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the board of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. He also previously served on the board of the Copyright Alliance.

Dupler received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University.

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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.

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David Gregory
Chief Information Officer
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David Gregory

Chief Information Officer

David Gregory serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Recording Academy®. In his role, he leads the information technology team responsible for the overall technology infrastructure at the Academy and its awards shows, including network and systems technology, distribution and support of mobile devices, and training. He is responsible for driving operational technology and processes for IT, ERP, CRM, data security, governance, risk, and compliance while using technology to generate value, maintain security and increase productivity. Gregory also oversees the applications that manage membership and the voting process for the GRAMMY Awards® and supports the organization in achieving its diverse business objectives.

Before joining the Academy, Gregory served as vice president of technology resources at Berklee College of Music for six years, where he led the implementation of major enterprise cloud applications including Salesforce and Workday, and taught advanced music theory and composition for Berklee Online. He also held roles as vice president of technology at Smith College and chief information officer at Colgate University.

From 1994 to 2002, Gregory was the founder and chief creative officer for Media Station, a digital media company that developed interactive products for companies such as Disney, Hasbro and Mattel, where he designed the games and produced music for The Lion King's animated story book games.

Gregory holds a bachelor's and master's degree of music in composition from the University of Michigan and a certificate in music for film and television from Berklee Online.

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John Loken
Executive Vice President, Marketing
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John Loken

Executive Vice President, Marketing

John Loken serves as Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Recording Academy®. In his role, Loken is responsible for expanding the organization's reach and influence through elevated brand storytelling. He oversees creative services, brand communication, social media, email marketing, merchandising, analytics, and advertising, and his team uses these capabilities to engage with consumers, members and the industry at-large. Collectively their goal is to increase the public's awareness of the Recording Academy's higher mission, which is to use the GRAMMYs® as a platform for even greater social impact.

Prior to joining the organization, Loken was senior vice president of consumer marketing at Endeavor/IMG Events where he helped reshape product, pricing and go-to-market strategy for a global portfolio of 300+ entertainment and sporting events. In this role, his team drove significant revenue and margin increases for key properties like The Miami Open and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, and spearheaded brand launches including the UFC in China and the blockbuster touring exhibition King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. He also held past roles as executive vice president of marketing & distribution at Ticketmaster, was Live Nation Concerts' first senior vice president of tour marketing, and led international product marketing at Warner Records and Motown Records, independent labels Discovery/China Records, and Fearless Records. Loken also co-founded the creative agency, Brands+Music, that partnered artists with corporate sponsors.

Loken runs an events workshop called The Experience Factory, whose mission is to create immersive experiences that inspire participants to take personal action and is working with the author of the international bestseller Sapiens to create awareness for solutions to the major challenges that face humanity.

Loken received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music.

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Ruby Marchand
Chief Awards & Industry Officer
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Ruby Marchand

Chief Awards & Industry Officer

Ruby Marchand serves as Chief Awards & Industry Officer for the Recording Academy®, overseeing both Awards and Membership & Industry Relations. In her role, she works closely with Genre Managers on the Awards team to effect outreach to musical communities across the nation and beyond, bringing innovative new possibilities into the Awards process while ensuring their utmost integrity. Marchand focuses on creative strategies that enhance the natural alignment between Awards and Membership, overseeing the Membership team as well as the leaders of the Producers & Engineers Wing®, Songwriters & Composers Wing and GRAMMY U®.

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 chaired GRAMMY In The Schools® for more than 12 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®. Marchand was a member of the National Advocacy Committee in 2015-16 and represented the Academy on a 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 for 25 years, head of A&R for Cordless Recordings and Rykodisc, and senior vice president of revenue and repertoire assurance. Marchand has served as a consultant to the Music and Performing Arts Professions' school at NYU and at other companies and organizations. She is a former executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt's Music Business Program.

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.

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Kelley Purcell
Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations
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Kelley Purcell

Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations

Kelley Purcell serves as Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations for the Recording Academy®, overseeing all aspects of membership outreach, peer review, member account services, and the Academy's Chapter systems, including regional and local teams, Chapter events and programming, and all aspects of Chapter service.

Purcell joined the Recording Academy as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chapter in 2013, then transitioned to Senior Director of Member Outreach, leading industry outreach efforts across the Membership & Industry Relations department. During her tenure, she project managed a cross-department team of IT, Digital Media and Communications colleagues over a two-year period and successfully implemented historic changes to the Academy’s membership systems. She also led the recruitment efforts to diversify Academy membership and was the liaison to the Academy’s first-ever Peer Review Panel, responsible for training this body and serving as its point person.

Prior to her time at the Recording Academy, she served as the executive director of Harvardwood, a global nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the purpose and power of the arts. During her time at Harvardwood, Purcell helped drive a 67 percent increase in the organization’s membership and coordinated the volunteer efforts of a global team. Purcell also has past roles at Island Def Jam Music Group, Monitor Deloitte and Goldstar.

Purcell has been recognized as an Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media at the 2016 Media Done Responsibly Awards and was honored at the 10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives in 2017. In 2018, she was honored to take part in the American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy.

Purcell received a cum laude bachelor’s degree in economics at Harvard University.

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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.

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Sean Smith
Executive Vice President, Communications
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Sean Smith

Executive Vice President, Communications

Sean Smith serves as Executive Vice President of Communications for the Recording Academy®. He is responsible for leading the overall communications strategy for the Academy, including media relations, corporate communications and reputation management. In his role, he works with the executive office to develop the Academy's communication strategy and contribute to the strategic planning process for the organization with a global focus, while directly managing communication objectives that promote, enhance and protect the organization's brand reputation. He also leads corporate communications, event and entertainment public relations, brand reputation, and crisis mitigation and management, including the client relations and deliverables of specialized communication agencies.

Prior to joining the Academy, Smith served as executive vice president of corporate counsel at public relations firm Porter Novelli, where he led the global corporate counsel practice. In this role, he developed and led corporate reputation campaigns and managed issues for some of the world's biggest brands, including the Recording Academy. While at the organization, he served as an advisor to various CEOs and prominent executives under Porter Novelli's clientele. Earlier in his career, Smith served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he managed all aspects of the Department’s brand and reputation and was the principal advisor to the Secretary and several other Cabinet Members. During his tenure at DHS, Smith led the Obama administration's public response to breaking news. He also held past roles in various political campaigns, including three presidential campaigns, and served in a variety of public affairs capacities and has been a lecturer at Yale University, Johns Hopkins and the University of California San Diego.

In 2020, Smith received the PR Week Purpose Award for his work in the MusiCares®' COVID-19 Relief campaign and was awarded the PRSA Silver Anvil in Issues Management. He is a member of the board of LookUp.live, an organization dedicated to addressing youth mental health and well-being, and a volunteer with the Chinook Indian Nation. Smith is also a writer, focusing on fatherhood.

Smith holds a master's of public administration degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.

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Ray Starck
Vice President, Digital Strategy
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Ray Starck

Vice President, Digital Strategy

Ray Starck serves as Vice President of Digital Strategy for the Recording Academy®. In his role, he leads the Editorial, Digital Media Production and the Product teams. He is also responsible for content strategy and website management.

Starck oversees the development of digital content strategies across the organization to drive engagement, retention, and channel optimization, leveraging data to advise his teams, all while supporting stakeholder initiatives. He ensures all branding initiatives carry a consistent message across channels, and creates a digital brand filter informed by the overarching brand strategy that translates successfully within the digital landscape.

Prior to joining the Academy, Starck served as the head of eCommerce & Digital Technology at Fiore Management, LCC, advising c-suite executives and consulting on product management, ecommerce and retail trends to deliver tactical analyses on digital transformation. Additional past roles include serving as the Vice President of Product Management for Fox Networks, where he was responsible for the Networks rollout of a Global TV-Everywhere strategy, mobile applications, internal and external platforms, new streaming products, and new technologies to all Fox’s O&O entertainment and sports websites, as well as Sr. Product Director for Yahoo! Media Group.

Starck is an Advisory Board Member at Palomar College participating on the Digital Communication & Design Board of Directors to define course curriculum, technologies, platforms and direction of digital technologies. His focus as a board member is to provide students the opportunity to be better prepared for a digital world as well as provide help for students who are looking for changing their career and improving their opportunities for job placement in digital media. He also is an inventor on the US PATENT(s): US 2016/0050212 Al / 02/18/2016 - Method and Apparatus for Assigning Devices to a Media Service.

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Rex Supa
Vice President, Production & Event Operations
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Rex Supa

Vice President, Production & Event Operations

Rex Supa serves as Vice President of Production & Event Operations 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.

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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.

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Michael Sticka
President/Chief Executive Officer
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Michael Sticka

President/Chief Executive Officer

Michael Sticka serves as President/CEO of the GRAMMY Museum®, having been appointed in June 2018 after serving as the Recording Academy®'s Assistant Controller/Director of Accounting. In his role, he is responsible for collaborating with the Board of Directors to create and execute the Museum's strategy of growth and sustainability as an independent nonprofit arts organization. Since taking helm of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, he has led a team that has accomplished double-digit year-over-year revenue growth in all key areas of its mission, including attendance, membership, retail, event sales, and public programs. Additionally, he oversees the Museum Foundation™’s national programming, including its GRAMMY In The Schools®, grants for music research and preservation and national affiliates.

In his first year, he successfully raised more than $5.5 million in partnership with the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy® to launch a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Museum in downtown Los Angeles, building the only gallery dedicated to Latin music in California. An advocate for accessibility, the GRAMMY Museum became the only museum named as a Certified Autism Center™ in California. Sticka successfully navigated the Museum through more than 12 months of closure due to COVID. Within five days of closing the Museum, he led the team to create one of the first and most robust museum digital presences anywhere in the country by creating GRAMMY Museum at Home, a collection of virtual exhibits, artist programs and educational content available free to educators and music lovers worldwide. Building upon its culture of innovation, the Museum launched COLLECTION:live™, the official streaming service of the GRAMMY Museum available on all major streaming platforms.

Prior to joining the Academy, Sticka spent close to a decade in management, consulting for nonprofit organizations and co-founded the Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio, which had a successful 10-year run of producing theatre for schools and arts organizations.

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

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Hilary Fahlsing
Vice President, Finance, Administration & Operations
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Hilary Fahlsing

Vice President, Finance, Administration & Operations

Hilary Fahlsing serves as the Vice President of Finance, Administration & Operations for the GRAMMY Museum®. She oversees the fiscal management of the Museum, including finance and accounting, legal, human resources, and insurance/risk management, as well as the day-to-day business and operations for the Museum and its 50 staff members in Los Angeles.

In her role, she is responsible for ensuring the long-term fiscal health, sustainability and operational excellence of the organization. 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.

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Rita George
Chief Program Officer
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Rita George

Chief Program Officer

Rita George is Chief Program Officer for the GRAMMY Museum®. In her role, George will provide leadership, strategy and managerial oversight to the curatorial, community engagement, education, and digital media teams, connecting internal and external partners to create a more cohesive approach to scale the Museum’s diverse programming. George will continue to lead new business development efforts, expand DEIA initiatives, and help oversee the Museum’s offsite locations. As part of the leadership team, George provides support to the Museum's President and Board of Directors, policy development and HR initiatives.

Previously as Chief Operating Officer, George oversaw day-to-day business and operations for the Museum, led new business development efforts and museum renovations, and managed the strategic planning and curatorial content development for more than 100 exhibits and off-site projects, including the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla.; the opening of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss.; the GRAMMY Museum Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.; the Ray Charles Memorial Library in Los Angeles, and the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in 2017.

Prior to joining the GRAMMY Museum, George served as director of visitor services, security and operations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

George graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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Bob Santelli
Founding Executive Director
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Bob Santelli

Founding Executive Director

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.

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

Vice President of Education for GRAMMY In The Schools

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.

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Lynne Sheridan
Vice President of Artist Relations, Public Programming & Content
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Lynne Sheridan

Vice President of Artist Relations, Public Programming & Content

Lynne Sheridan serves as Vice President of Artist Relations, Public Programming and Content for the GRAMMY Museum®. Sheridan leads the Museum's Public Programs and oversees the Museum's official streaming service COLLECTION:live™. She also spearheads the Museum’s artist relations efforts and manages the Museum’s production team.

In her role, Sheridan is in charge of all live public programming as well as developing programmatic content for the Museum’s virtual streaming platform. 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 over 1,000 artist interviews, performances, film screenings, and panel discussions with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Brandi Carlile, Common, Haim, Los Lobos, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Nicks, Public Enemy, Mavis Staples, Ringo Starr, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Jack White, Brian Wilson, X, Billie Eilish, 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, as well as Secretary on their Executive Board for the past six years.

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

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Laura Segura
Executive Director
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Laura Segura

Executive Director

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.