Jeff Smith,  Co-Executive Director    Sound Art Co-Executive Director Jeff Smith is a lifelong musician and a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he earned his degree in Finance and Marketing focusing on Entertainment, Media and Technology. Jeff joined the teaching staff of Sound Art soon after moving to Los Angeles in 2007 and worked in the classroom for seven years before becoming the co-program director and now co-executive director. Combining his background in business and years as a working musician, Jeff brings an entrepreneurial spirit and invaluable experience from his involvement in all aspects of Sound Art’s operations.

Jeff Smith, Co-Executive Director

Sound Art Co-Executive Director Jeff Smith is a lifelong musician and a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University where he earned his degree in Finance and Marketing focusing on Entertainment, Media and Technology. Jeff joined the teaching staff of Sound Art soon after moving to Los Angeles in 2007 and worked in the classroom for seven years before becoming the co-program director and now co-executive director. Combining his background in business and years as a working musician, Jeff brings an entrepreneurial spirit and invaluable experience from his involvement in all aspects of Sound Art’s operations.

Justin Bocchieri,  Co-Executive Director    Justin Bocchieri is a songwriter, performer, teacher, and the Co-Executive Director of Sound Art. Graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music, Justin moved to Los Angeles in 2007. After five years instructing with Sound Art, Justin became Program Director and now Co-Executive Director. Working in the music industry for over a decade, coupled with his many years of experience in the non-profit sector, Justin brings a unique perspective to all facets of Sound Art, from the classroom to the boardroom.

Justin Bocchieri, Co-Executive Director

Justin Bocchieri is a songwriter, performer, teacher, and the Co-Executive Director of Sound Art. Graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music, Justin moved to Los Angeles in 2007. After five years instructing with Sound Art, Justin became Program Director and now Co-Executive Director. Working in the music industry for over a decade, coupled with his many years of experience in the non-profit sector, Justin brings a unique perspective to all facets of Sound Art, from the classroom to the boardroom.

Lincoln Mendell,  Program Director    A multi-instrumentalist with an emphasis on keyed instruments, as well as a songwriter, arranger, and improviser, Lincoln Mendell has been teaching with Sound Art since 2013. As a working musician and an inveterate student of music, Lincoln brings a breadth of knowledge to the classroom that is both relevant and applicable in today's music world, while also emphasizing the study of music as an opportunity for unending learning and growth. After three years in the classroom, Lincoln began developing curriculum for Sound Art, eventually becoming Program Director in July of 2018, while continuing to teach at multiple Sound Art programs around Los Angeles.

Lincoln Mendell, Program Director

A multi-instrumentalist with an emphasis on keyed instruments, as well as a songwriter, arranger, and improviser, Lincoln Mendell has been teaching with Sound Art since 2013. As a working musician and an inveterate student of music, Lincoln brings a breadth of knowledge to the classroom that is both relevant and applicable in today's music world, while also emphasizing the study of music as an opportunity for unending learning and growth. After three years in the classroom, Lincoln began developing curriculum for Sound Art, eventually becoming Program Director in July of 2018, while continuing to teach at multiple Sound Art programs around Los Angeles.

Gale Feldman,  Director of Development    Gale Feldman is a community development professional with over two decades of experience in non-profit management, strategic planning, grant writing/fundraising, needs assessment, program development, and evaluation. Her emphasis has focused on the implementation of programs that increase access to integrated community services for disadvantaged youth. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Art followed by Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Youth ALIVE! in LA – a hospital-based youth violence intervention program and has served as a director or advisor to numerous agencies and commissions including the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Zone Strategic Advisory Council, the Santa Monica Workforce Housing Commission, COPE Health Solutions, Consortium of Safety Net Providers and Community Corp Affordable Housing. She has received numerous commendations and awards including the Community Champions Award from Prudential HealthCare, COPE Outstanding Service and Dedication Award, and California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership. Ms. Feldman's familiarity with the socio-economic demographics and special needs of Los Angeles communities combined with a strong aptitude for designing comprehensive fundraising plans and evaluations that maximize programmatic performance will continue to ensure long-term sustainability for Sound Art in Los Angeles.

Gale Feldman, Director of Development

Gale Feldman is a community development professional with over two decades of experience in non-profit management, strategic planning, grant writing/fundraising, needs assessment, program development, and evaluation. Her emphasis has focused on the implementation of programs that increase access to integrated community services for disadvantaged youth. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Art followed by Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Youth ALIVE! in LA – a hospital-based youth violence intervention program and has served as a director or advisor to numerous agencies and commissions including the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Zone Strategic Advisory Council, the Santa Monica Workforce Housing Commission, COPE Health Solutions, Consortium of Safety Net Providers and Community Corp Affordable Housing. She has received numerous commendations and awards including the Community Champions Award from Prudential HealthCare, COPE Outstanding Service and Dedication Award, and California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership. Ms. Feldman's familiarity with the socio-economic demographics and special needs of Los Angeles communities combined with a strong aptitude for designing comprehensive fundraising plans and evaluations that maximize programmatic performance will continue to ensure long-term sustainability for Sound Art in Los Angeles.

Catherine Goldwyn,  Founder / Chairwoman of the Board / Executive Advisor    Catherine Goldwyn is the Founder, Chairwoman of the Board, and Executive Advisor of Sound Art. Catherine, a lifelong piano player, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also raised four children, worked as a photographer and earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard. In 2000, Goldwyn moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles as a composer for an online project. In addition to working as a composer, in 2002, she created Sound Art with the goal of developing a mobile music education program that can reach children and youth who live in underserved neighborhoods in LA and who want to learn about music. Currently, she is also working on a recording project of original material with her husband, a Jazz guitarist. Her entire life is about music in all its forms and delights.

Catherine Goldwyn, Founder / Chairwoman of the Board / Executive Advisor

Catherine Goldwyn is the Founder, Chairwoman of the Board, and Executive Advisor of Sound Art. Catherine, a lifelong piano player, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also raised four children, worked as a photographer and earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard. In 2000, Goldwyn moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles as a composer for an online project. In addition to working as a composer, in 2002, she created Sound Art with the goal of developing a mobile music education program that can reach children and youth who live in underserved neighborhoods in LA and who want to learn about music. Currently, she is also working on a recording project of original material with her husband, a Jazz guitarist. Her entire life is about music in all its forms and delights.

Gary Rabishaw,  Board Vice-President / Co-Chair    Gary is a Managing Director and Founding Principal of Intrepid. He is the Co-Head of the Commercial & Consumer Technology practice. He has since involved in numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity capital raises and financing for companies spanning the consumer, industrials, healthcare, and business services sectors. In 2013 he was named among the “Most Influential M&A Advisors in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was born and raised in Chicago, is a die-hard Cubs fan, music enthusiast, guitar player, and father to two fabulous kids.

Gary Rabishaw, Board Vice-President / Co-Chair

Gary is a Managing Director and Founding Principal of Intrepid. He is the Co-Head of the Commercial & Consumer Technology practice. He has since involved in numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity capital raises and financing for companies spanning the consumer, industrials, healthcare, and business services sectors. In 2013 he was named among the “Most Influential M&A Advisors in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was born and raised in Chicago, is a die-hard Cubs fan, music enthusiast, guitar player, and father to two fabulous kids.

John Maier,  Board Secretary    Mr. John Maier serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Blue Microphones. Mr. Maier joined Blue Microphones in 2009 and had led its recent market-defying growth. He has been a leader in the music products industry for over 20 years, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of TC Group Americas where he successfully merged TC's North American operations and doubled the size of the company by expanding into new markets. Before TC, Maier held leadership roles at Guitar Center Management and Alesis Studio Electronics. He holds a B.S. in business management.

John Maier, Board Secretary

Mr. John Maier serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Blue Microphones. Mr. Maier joined Blue Microphones in 2009 and had led its recent market-defying growth. He has been a leader in the music products industry for over 20 years, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of TC Group Americas where he successfully merged TC's North American operations and doubled the size of the company by expanding into new markets. Before TC, Maier held leadership roles at Guitar Center Management and Alesis Studio Electronics. He holds a B.S. in business management.

Jonathan Zucker,  Board Treasurer    Jonathan is the Head of the Capital Markets Group at Intrepid. He is responsible for advising entrepreneurs and private equity funds on raising institutional debt and equity capital for a variety of uses such as funding growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations or working capital. Jonathan has been involved in a wide range of capital transactions, from IPOs to early-stage venture financings. Prior to joining Intrepid, he served as Vice President and Head of the Los Angeles office of U.S. Capital Partners, a direct lender, and provider of capital-raising advisory services to middle-market companies. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse and FBR & Co. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Jonathan is a voting member of the Recording Academy, which produces the GRAMMY Awards.

Jonathan Zucker, Board Treasurer

Jonathan is the Head of the Capital Markets Group at Intrepid. He is responsible for advising entrepreneurs and private equity funds on raising institutional debt and equity capital for a variety of uses such as funding growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations or working capital. Jonathan has been involved in a wide range of capital transactions, from IPOs to early-stage venture financings. Prior to joining Intrepid, he served as Vice President and Head of the Los Angeles office of U.S. Capital Partners, a direct lender, and provider of capital-raising advisory services to middle-market companies. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse and FBR & Co. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Jonathan is a voting member of the Recording Academy, which produces the GRAMMY Awards.

Joni Milken,  Board Member    Joni Milken-Noah is vice president of Mike’s Math Club (MMC), a curriculum enrichment program that makes math useful and entertaining while cultivating a sense of self-worth in students. The Math Club Team of teacher-mentors make class-time visits to Los Angeles-area public elementary schools and also correspond with students all around the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands of Grenada, Trinidad, and St. Vincent. The Club’s pen-pal program, which receives more than 1,000 letters each year, nurtures friendships and a sense of belonging by connecting each young letter-writer with a Team member. Present and former students—some now grown with kids of their own—visit Joni in her colorful MMC offices in Santa Monica, filled with art, photos and other memorabilia that reflect on MMC’s lasting impact. Aside from her work with MMC, Joni lends an enthusiastic voice to the Milken Educator Awards, Milken Scholars, the TAP system and other MFF initiatives. Passionate about football and music, she can be seen in her spare time rooting for the Oakland Raiders or taking in a Neil Young concert.

Joni Milken, Board Member

Joni Milken-Noah is vice president of Mike’s Math Club (MMC), a curriculum enrichment program that makes math useful and entertaining while cultivating a sense of self-worth in students. The Math Club Team of teacher-mentors make class-time visits to Los Angeles-area public elementary schools and also correspond with students all around the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands of Grenada, Trinidad, and St. Vincent. The Club’s pen-pal program, which receives more than 1,000 letters each year, nurtures friendships and a sense of belonging by connecting each young letter-writer with a Team member.
Present and former students—some now grown with kids of their own—visit Joni in her colorful MMC offices in Santa Monica, filled with art, photos and other memorabilia that reflect on MMC’s lasting impact. Aside from her work with MMC, Joni lends an enthusiastic voice to the Milken Educator Awards, Milken Scholars, the TAP system and other MFF initiatives. Passionate about football and music, she can be seen in her spare time rooting for the Oakland Raiders or taking in a Neil Young concert.