Board of Directors

Meet the Board

FAI is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing leadership in the folk music industry worldwide.

The board is elected by the voting members of the organization each fall, and an annual general meeting of members is held during the conference each year. Our board- and membership-approved bylaws are available here.

Learn more about the board election process here.

Lisa Schwartz

President (Term End: 2022)

Festival and Artist Director, Philadelphia Folk Festival
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA

Matt Sever

Vice President (Term End: 2022)

Artist, Matt the Electrician
Austin, Texas, USA

Alka Sharma

Treasurer (Term End: 2021)

Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Deana McCloud

Secretary (Term End: 2022)

Executive Director, Woody Guthrie Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Ellen Stanley

At-Large (Term End: 2021)

Founder, EFS Publicity
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Enrique Chi

Term End: 2022

Artist, Activist, Educator
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Lynn Cingari

Term End: 2022

Agent, Paradigm Agency
Monterey, California, USA

Rose Cousins

Term End: 2023

Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

lou DeMarco

Term End: 2021

Founder, Momentary Love Management
Powell, Ohio, USA

Rosalyn Dennett

Term End: 2023

Licensing and Outreach Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Musicians
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Susie Giang

Term End: 2022

Agent, Ground Control Touring
Portland, Oregon, USA

Chloe Goodyear

Term End: 2021

Head of Programming, Woodford Folk Festival
Woodford, AUS

Michael Kornfeld

Term End: 2020

Communications and Public Relations Strategist / Founder,
Huntington, New York, USA

Sara Leishman

Term End: 2022

Executive Director, Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary, Alberta, USA

Gary Paczosa

Term End: 2021

VP A&R, Rounder Records
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Chris Porter

Term End: 2023

Producer & Talent Buyer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Seattle, Washington, USA

Amy Reitnouer

Term End: 2020

Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation
Glendale, California, USA

Meg Tarquinio

Term End: 2021

Senior Editor, Spotify
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Laura Thomas

Term End: 2021

Owner/Agent, ComboPlate Booking
Austin, Texas, USA

Gerald Torres

Term End: 2020

Professor of Law, Yale University
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Reid Wick

Term End: 2020

Sr. Membership & Project Manager, Recording Academy
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA