Executive Director


Julie Baker

Julie Baker is a passionate arts professional. Prior to becoming Executive Director of CFTA in October of 2018, Julie Baker served on the board as chair of the membership committee and Confluence, an arts advocacy conference.  She is the owner of Julie Baker Projects, a full-service arts consulting firm. From 2009-2017, Julie Baker served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and California WorldFest, an annual music and camping festival.

Baker worked in New York City at several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency, Gerngross & Company Inc. From 1998-2001, she worked as a Senior Executive Producer for Tristream, a 20- person web development and marketing/branding company. In 2001 she opened a gallery of emerging artists, Julie Baker Fine Art, and for 2 years co-founded Flow art fair in Miami.

Board of Directors

Victoria L. Hamilton, President
Arts and Culture Advocate
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
San Diego

Ron P. Muriera, Vice President
Owner/Consultant, RPM Consulting
San Jose

Brad Erickson, Treasurer
Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
San Francisco

Rachel Osajima, Secretary
Executive Director, Alameda County Arts Commission

Richard Stein, Immediate Past President
President & CEO, Arts Orange County

Board Candidates - July 2019

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Leticia Rho Buckley was appointed in March 2019 as Senior Civic Strategist at The Music Center, L.A.’s major performing arts center (Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance) where she had served from 2005-2010 as Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to re-joining The Music Center, she was Acting Executive Director, Acting Chief Deputy and Director of Communications and Marketing for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which provides leadership in cultural services for the County's 88 municipalities and over ten million residents. Previously, Leticia held a senior marketing position with Cirque du Soleil where she developed and led all marketing and publicity strategies for IRIS, A Journey Through the World of Cinema, the first Cirque du Soleil resident production in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. Leticia was recommended by Sofia Klatzker. 

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Edmund Velasco has served on the Executive Board for the Orange County Musicians' Union (Local 7, American Federation of Musicians) since 2003 and was elected Vice President in 2016, where he is actively involved in advocacy activities. A native Southern Californian, he began playing saxophone at age 8 and has become recognized as one of the top saxophonists in the region. Edmund can be seen as a featured soloist with The Estrada Brothers Latin Jazz Ensemble and has recorded with the group. He is a member of the Chris Williams Quintet and has made many guest appearances with Dan Fanley, Joe LaBarbera, Tony Dumas and Ron Escheté, among others. He has also played professionally with such top names as Mel Tormé, Eddie Daniels and Ernie Andrews, to name a few. Edmund leads, directs and writes for his own quintet. He has produced multiple CDs for the group. He is on the advisory board for SanArts, an arts conservatory at Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, CA, and he has developed several concert series for the Orange County community as both an arts outreach and educational program for aspiring musicians. Edmund was recommended by Rick Stein. 


Marie Acosta
Executive Director, Latino Center of Art & Culture

Michael Alexander
Interim Director, Cal Tech Campus Programs

Tomas J. Benitez
President, Latino Arts Network of California
Los Angeles

Patrick Brien
Executive Director, Riverside Arts Council

Kerry Adams Hapner
Director of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose
San Jose

Keasha Dumas Heath
Board Member, The Museum of African American Art
Los Angeles

Jennifer Kane
Executive Director, Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernadino County
Joshua Tree

Sofia Klatzker
President, The Roman Mars Foundation
Los Angeles

Jennifer Laine
Executive Director, San Benito Arts Council

Debra Lucero
Executive Director, Shasta County Arts Council & Friends of the Arts-Upstate
Redding and Chico

Scott Rowitz
Chief Operating Office,
 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco

Christi Salamone
President & CEO, California Desert Arts Council
La Quinta

Dalouge Smith
CEO, The Lewis Prize for Music
San Diego

Eliza Tudor
Executive Director, Nevada County Arts Council
Grass Valley

Jody Ulich
Director, City of Sacramento Convention and Cultural Services 

Bridget Cantu Wear
Associate Director of Development, Strategic Partnerships,
The Old Globe Theatre
San Diego