Our Board & Advisory Board

Board Members

Martha Richards, President – Founder & Executive Director of WomenArts. Richards has over thirty years of arts management experience, including nine years at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and five years as Managing Director at StageWest.  Richards is licensed as an attorney in California and was a founding board member of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Treasurer – Arts management consultant. Bacon’s work includes training, program design, and evaluation for government arts agencies and national foundations. Her recent clients include the state arts councils for New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as the Howard Heinz Endowment, Pew Charitable Trust, and William Penn Foundation.  Bacon previously served as Executive Director of the Arts Extension Service at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst.

Eileen Sorrentino, Clerk– Attorney. Sorrentino specializes in divorce mediation, children’s issues, family law, domestic issues, and non-profit corporations. Prior to becoming an attorney, Sorrentino worked as a children’s book editor at McGraw Hill and as a freelance writer and copy-editor. She has served on the boards of StageWest, Early Childhood Centers, and the Longmeadow Planning Commission.

Advisory Board Members

Kate Clinton – Comedian, Author

Amy Dowling – Dance Professor, University of San Francisco Peforming Arts & Social Justice Program

Andrea Hairston – Artistic Director, Chrysalis Theatre, Professor of Theatre at Smith College

Lenelle Moïse Playwright, Performer, Spoken Word Artist

Deborah Richardson – Executive Vice President, National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Elizabeth A. Sackler – Founder, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Alice TuanPlaywright, Director of Writing for Performance, CalArts