Our team

Levitt’s national team is a group of passionate individuals

We’re committed to ensuring Levitt partners and grantees receive guidance, support and resources to successfully launch and carry out either the permanent Levitt venue program or the Levitt AMP Music Series in their communities.

Sharon Yazowski

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Sharon provides visionary leadership in fulfilling the Levitt Foundation’s mission. She is the chief spokesperson for the organization, traveling across the country to share the impact of Levitt programs and creative placemaking. Her passionate commitment to the arts as a vehicle for creating equitable, sustainable and healthy…

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Mark Arteaga

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Mark manages Levitt’s office operations, human resources, financial reporting and IT infrastructure. He plays a key role in ensuring all systems and procedures add to the efficiency of the Foundation so that our mission can be realized in the most cost-efficient and effective way. Mark…

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Victoria Bridenstine

Director of Programs

As Director of Programs, Victoria administers Levitt’s grants management process and plays a key role in the various network activities related to Levitt’s mission-driven work. Working closely with existing and prospective grantees, she is responsible for identifying resources and initiatives that provide meaningful support to the Levitt’s growing national network.…

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Lauren Chung

Database Administrator

As Database Administrator, Lauren provides administrative support and data management for all of the Foundation’s grantmaking activities. Before joining Levitt, Lauren worked in various education-related positions in Dallas, Texas and with survivors of gender-based violence in New York City. She is extremely excited to help advance Levitt’s mission of expanding…

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Joanna McCoy

Digital Communications Associate

As the Digital Communications Associate, Joanna creates content that is aligned with the Levitt Foundation’s mission, to create community through music. Supporting the Communications team, she manages the day-to-day curation, scheduling and posting of content on Levitt’s various social media channels. Joanna also plays an important role in the creation…

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Nicole McGaffey

Senior Communications Manager

As Senior Communications Manager, Nicole plays a key role in implementing Levitt’s communications strategies for both internal and external audiences. The Senior Communications Manager supports the Director of Communications in the creation, implementation and oversight of print pieces, e-newsletters, eblasts, and website content. Before joining the Levitt Foundation, Nicole contributed…

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Arianne Ousley

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Arianne is responsible for providing administrative support to the foundation, including providing daily support to the Executive Director and Director of Operations. She also plays an important role in maintaining and managing the organization’s financial, HR, IT and donor records. Arianne has a background in performing arts…

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Vanessa Silberman

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Vanessa plays a key role in the strategic direction and long-term vision of the Levitt Foundation as it pertains to funding allocation, program development, communications, research and field-building initiatives. She also spearheads new and existing partnerships to advance the organization and reflect Levitt’s mission, values and commitment…

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Sabrina Skacan

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Sabrina develops and implements comprehensive communications strategies to build national visibility for the Levitt Foundation and the national network of Levitt music venues and Levitt AMP concert sites. Strategizing media and public relations, brand management and social media on behalf of the organization, she works with…

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Elizabeth Vidal

Programs Manager

As the Programs Manager, Elizabeth works with existing grantees and plays a key role in identifying resources to support the Levitt Foundation network. She also manages network-wide collaborations and opportunities that are aligned with the Foundation’s values and mission. Before joining Levitt, Elizabeth worked at various nonprofit organizations, assisting in…

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Amber Withers, Ph.D.

Program Officer

As the Program Officer, Amber provides meaningful support and resources to advance the work of Levitt AMP grantees as part of the Levitt Foundation’s grantmaking activities. Amber has over ten years of program management and community engagement experience. Prior to the Levitt Foundation, she worked at a Los Angeles-based education…

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Board of directors

Andrew Hirsch

Vice President

Pasy Wang


Sharon Yazowski

Secretary / Executive Director

Larry Chaifetz

Peter Levitt

John McNamara

Kathy Eberly Ovitt