Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Executive Director
Malissa Feruzzi Shriver is the strategic philanthropy and arts education advocacy advisor for Frank Gehry and the Executive Director of Turnaround Arts: California. She has served as First Vice President of the board for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and Chair of the NASAA Arts Learning Advisory Committee; the governing board for the Western States Arts Federation; and the advisory board for the Center for Research on Creativity. She was appointed by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to co-chair a task force on creative education after chairing the California team for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Leaders Institute. The task force was charged with writing A Blueprint for Creative Schools, which was released in 2015. Shriver co-founded CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate in California), a statewide initiative to address the erosion of arts education in public schools. She served two terms on the California Arts Council with four years as Chair, was on the California Alliance for Arts Education policy board, was a California Institute for the Arts trustee, and currently serves on the Get Lit advisory board and the board of The Actors’ Gang. In 2014, Shriver received the Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts. She majored in women’s studies at UCLA and attended the state and local government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received an honorary doctorate from the Laguna College of Art and Design and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Barbara Palley, Director of Program and Strategy
Barbara Palley is the Director of Program and Strategy for Turnaround Arts: California. Previously at Cool Culture, NYC, she helped narrow the arts education gap through citywide partnerships between early childhood centers and cultural institutions, which engaged families in out-of-school time. She led a federally-funded national leadership grant to bring together 23 NYC museums in a “Laboratory for New Audiences” in which they utilized user-centered design methods to innovate diverse and inclusive educational approaches. Barbara is a recognized leader in the field, with almost 20 years of experience in museum education, arts administration, and program evaluation at a variety of institutions including MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Harvard Project Zero. She has served on the board of the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable and presented at national and international conferences. Barbara has a BA in Art History, University of Virginia and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Heather Heslup, Implementation Coordinator
As the Implementation Coordinator for Turnaround Arts: California, Heather Heslup is responsible for coordinating and orchestrating implementation of the Turnaround Arts program across elementary and middle schools in California, which includes delivering professional development to sites and consulting heavily with school-based arts team leaders. Heather holds a BA in Television & Film Production from Howard University and a MA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. She is a diverse professional with over seven years of experience in managing complex organizational relationships, producing effective and quality arts programs, developing strategic arts plans, and building partnerships that foster growth and sustainability. Heather’s varied scope of skills has been highlighted through her work with prominent arts and educational institutions including: Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Arts for LA, Los Angeles Unified School District, California Institute for the Arts, Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago, Public Broadcast Service, and Chicago High School for the Arts. Heather has served on the boards of several prominent organizations including: Get Lit: Words Ignite-Freeverse, Pure Art Chicago, and Congo Square Theatre. Heather is a passionate advocate for the arts as a change agent in our schools and is dedicated nurturing the creativity within our diverse communities.
Jacob Campbell, Program Manager
As the Program Manager for Turnaround Arts: California, Jacob Campbell oversees program administration, communications, and operations. Prior to joining Turnaround Arts: California, he served as the Communications Associate for P.S. ARTS where he developed and maintained an active online and media presence and designed branded program and event collateral. Jacob spent a year in Madrid, Spain, teaching English to second grade students and has performed in West Africa, Germany, Spain, Italy, New York, and California with Daara Dance Company and Laboratorio180°. He holds a BA in World Arts & Cultures/Dance with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Angela Medrano, Program Assistant
As the Program Assistant for Turnaround Arts: California, Angela Medrano assists with program administration, communications, and operations. Prior to joining Turnaround Arts: California, she worked as a Museum Educator and Artist Assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Angela holds a BA in American Studies from Dickinson College.