The Network for Arts Administrators of Color

Mentorship & Sponsorship Program 2.0

Thanks to Mass Cultural Council’s support, NAAC Boston is pleased to announce the launch of its Mentorship & Sponsorship Program 2.0!

This initiative is designed to empower and elevate Boston’s emerging arts administrators and artists of color in different stages of their professional development. Mentorship provides early-career professionals with valuable individual support, guidance, and role modeling. Sponsorship focuses on advancement for more experienced professionals by tapping into resources of power and opening doors.NAAC Boston’s Mentorship & Sponsorship Program is built upon research showing that arts administrators of color are under-mentored, and that mentoring alone does not drive change in power structures of predominately white institutions and sectors.This second year of the program expands on the lessons of our 2019 pilot program; and addresses the dual pandemics — racism and COVID19 — that continue to affect our sector and community. In addition, this year’s program includes a Learning Cohort of workshops and tools for recovery that is open to the entire NAAC Boston membership to foster connections statewide and beyond.

2021 Mentorship and Sponsorship Program 2.0 Participants


  • George ‘Chip’ Greenidge
    George ‘Chip’ Greenidge Director, Greatest MINDS
  • José Nieto
    José Nieto Chief Strategy Officer, ThinkArgus, ArtsBoston Board Member
  • Yvonne Cain
    Yvonne Cain SVP, Group Media Director, Mediahub, ArtsBoston Board member
  • Andrés Holder
    Andrés Holder Executive Director, Boston Children's Chorus
  • Ruth Mercado-Zizzo Vice President, Programs and Equity, EdVestors


  • Maria Servellon
    Maria Servellon Lecturer/Filmmaker, Northeastern
  • Cameron Lane
    Cameron Lane Sales and Community Outreach Associate, Artists for Humanity
  • Leslie Condon
    Leslie Condon Program Manager, Pao Arts Center
  • Lani Asuncion Studio Manager of Media Arts Department, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts
  • Kat Nakaji
    Kat Nakaji Technical and Production Supervisor, ArtLab at Harvard University


  • Rodrigo Guerrero
    Rodrigo Guerrero Consultant, Freelance
  • Adriana Zuñiga
    Adriana Zuñiga Marketing Manager, Broadway in Boston
  • Kortney Adams Education Manager, Central Square Theater; Managing Director, Theatre Espresso
  • Meena Malik Senior Program Manager, Theater New England Foundation for the Arts
  • Jazzmin Bonner
    Jazzmin Bonner Program Manager, Stagesource ; Managing Director, Fresh Ink Theatre


  • Jamison Cloud
    Jamison Cloud Administrative Assistant I, MassArt
  • Noelle Villa
    Noelle Villa HR Assistant/Project Specialist, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
  • Amy Chu
    Amy Chu Program Officer, CYD, Mass Cultural Council
  • Holly Dyer
    Holly Dyer Community Engagement Manager, Community Music Center of Boston
  • Merlo Philiossaint
    Merlo Philiossaint Artist, Merlo Philiossaint

How It Works

“I really love NAAC and want to see the best for it. This pilot program was very impressive and to think of the next phase is super powerful.” –Romy St. HilairePilot Program Mentee


For mid-level administrators (4 or more years in the field) as a pathway for upward mobility in the field through supportive relationships with executive-level sponsors who can open doors, provide a seat at the table, and guide toward next-level leadership.


With structured professional development for junior– and entry-level arts administrators (1 to 3 years experience in the field) to accelerate their learning with personalized support from mid-level arts administrators of color.

The Mentorship/Sponsorship program consists of three components: program pairings and learning cohort, program workshops and panels, and a program toolkit.

Program Pairings: There will be one 6-month cycle for pairings to meet, consisting of 10 mentor/mentee pairings and 10 sponsor/sponsee pairings. Mentors and Sponsors will meet with their charges once a month (virtually or in-person) in addition to bi-weekly email check-ins.

Learning Cohort: All NAAC Members are welcome to join the learning cohort by attending any of 6 monthly workshops alongside the Mentorship/Sponsorship program pairs. Following each workshop, while mentees and sponsees meet with their mentors and sponsors, NAAC members will be invited to convene for a facilitated conversation centered in peer learning and support. NAAC will provide each attending member with a Learning Passport, which we will stamp following each workshop you attend. Participants who collect five stamps will receive a certificate of completion.

Program Workshops: NAAC Boston will host professional development workshops and panels to complement program participants’ learning. Program participants will be required to attend a minimum of 4 learning events over the year. These events will be open to the full NAAC membership and ACOM participants, with a small entrance fee. NAAC Boston will also host four socials over the course of the year, in which program participants will have the opportunity to build networking skills and opportunities.

Program Toolkit: NAAC Boston will partner with NAAC members on “Navigating the Recovery” Toolkit based, providing all program participants with important resources, including: 

  • Arts Administrative Glossary 
  • Self-Care Resources
  • Legal Services
  • Navigating Racism in the Arts
    • Learning Links
    • Books and Reading List for Continued Learning 

2019 Mentorship and Sponsorship Program Pilot Participants

Five mid-career mentors and five executive-level sponsors were matched with five mentees and five sponsees for our inaugural program, which ran March to December 2019.


  • Lecolion Washington Executive Director, Community Music Center of Boston
  • Harold Steward
    Harold Steward Producing Co-Executive Director, The Theater Offensive
  • Lisa Simmons
    Lisa Simmons Festivals Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Candelaria Silva-Collins
    Candelaria Silva-Collins Community Membership Coordinator, Huntington Theatre Company
  • David Howse Executive Director, ArtsEmerson



  • Marsha Parrilla
    Marsha Parrilla Director/Choreographer, Danza Orgánica
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Karthik Subramanian Interim Managing Director, Company One Theatre
  • Ngoc-Tran Vu Program Director, Associations of Independents in Radio (AIR)
  • Ashleigh Gordon Artistic Director, Castle of our Skins
  • Jazzmin Bonner
    Jazzmin Bonner Program Manager, Stagesource ; Managing Director, Fresh Ink Theatre


  • Adriana Zuñiga
    Adriana Zuñiga Marketing Manager, Broadway in Boston
  • Falyn Elhard
    Falyn Elhard Program Associate, New England Presenting & Touring, New England Foundation for the Arts
  • Rebecca Kelley Executive Assistant to the Producing Co-Executive Director, The Theater Offensive
  • Romy St. Hilaire
    Romy St. Hilaire STEAM Team Program Coordinator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Fabienne Keck
    Fabienne Keck Curatorial Dept. Coordinator, Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston

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