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.

Amy Reitnouer

Amy Reitnouer

President (Term End: 2024)

Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation
Glendale, California, USA

Alka Sharma

Alka Sharma

Treasurer (Term End: 2023)

Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Reid Wick

Reid Wick

Vice President (Term End: 2023)

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

Rosalyn Dennett

Rosalyn Dennett

At-Large (Term End: 2023)

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

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Secretary (Term End: 2024)

Owner/Agent, ComboPlate Booking
Austin, Texas, USA

Enrique Chi

Enrique Chi

Term End: 2022

Artist, Making Movies

Founder, Art As Mentorship 

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Lynn Cingari

Lynn Cingari

Term End: 2022

Agent, Paradigm Agency
Monterey, California, USA

Kevin Dalton

Kevin Dalton

Term End: 2023

Certified Financial Planner :tm:

 Wiles+Taylor & Co.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Susie Giang

Susie Giang

Term End: 2022

Agent, Ground Control Touring
Portland, Oregon, USA

Catalina Maria Johnson

Catalina Maria Johnson

Term End: 2024

Journalist/DJ, Beat Latino

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Michael Kornfeld

Michael Kornfeld

Term End: 2023

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

Sara Leishman

Sara Leishman

Term End: 2022

Executive Director, Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Deana McCloud

Deana McCloud

Term End: 2022

Executive Director, Woody Guthrie Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Gary Paczosa

Gary Paczosa

Term End: 2024

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

Chris Porter

Chris Porter

Term End: 2023

Producer & Talent Buyer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

President/CEO, Porter Productions LLC

Seattle, Washington, USA

Caroline Randall Williams

Caroline Randall Williams

Term End: 2023

Artist / Author / Scholar, Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Carolina Rojas Posada

Carolina Rojas Posada

Term End: 2023

Director, Circulart & The Magdalena Festival

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz

Term End: 2022

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

Matt Sever

Matt Sever

Term End: 2022

Artist, Matt the Electrician
Austin, Texas, USA

Ashley Shabankareh

Ashley Shabankareh

Term End: 2024

Artist / NFP Arts Administrator, Artist Corps New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Gerald Torres

Gerald Torres

Term End: 2022

Professor of Law, Yale University
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA