Malissa Feruzzi Shriver

President

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver is the strategic philanthropy and arts education advocacy advisor for Frank Gehry and the President of Turnaround Arts: California, previously serving as the founding Executive Director. 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.

Tiffany Siart

Executive Director

Prior to joining Turnaround Arts: California, Tiffany Siart served as President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA). During her seven-year tenure, Tiffany oversaw a striking financial turn-around, followed by years of growth and expansion of services for Los Angeles County’s children and youth. BBBSLA flourished with a 65% increase in revenue and six straight years of net surplus. This led to a more than 10% increase in the number of children impacted, over 1,800 in 2016. She also increased BBBSLA’s scholarship and endowment funds by nearly 200%, totaling nearly $2 million in 2017, enabling BBBSLA to offer hundreds of scholarships for both Little Brothers and Little Sisters annually. At the national level for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tiffany advocated for and made BBBSLA one of the first to extend services beyond high school, to support college completion for Littles.

Tiffany came to BBBSLA from Human Rights Watch (HRW) where, as Southern California Director, she managed a large network of volunteer committees to support HRW through educational outreach, fundraising and advocacy on human rights issues. During her tenure, her regional office led two incredibly successful initiatives: ending the sentence of life without parole for juveniles in California and ending the backlog of untested DNA in sexual assault cases in Los Angeles.

Prior to HRW, Tiffany spent over five years in private law practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, where she worked closely with corporations and their Boards on issues related to corporate governance and best practices. She also developed a robust pro bono practice focusing on the rights of children and immigrants, working with the ACLU of Southern California and Public Council. Prior to her law practice, Tiffany served as a press aide to Texas Senator Kaye Bailey Hutchison and as a research assistant to former Mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan.

Tiffany is actively involved with Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, previously serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Prison Arts Collective and a Co-Chair of the Community Partners Committee of Friends of Ivanhoe Elementary School. Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of Michigan. She loves travel, languages, dancing, running, yoga, swimming, and is learning to play a few musical instruments. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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

Program & Implementation Manager

As the Program Manager 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 developing professional development opportunities for school and regional arts partners and providing strategic planning consultation to school-based arts team leaders. Heather holds a BA in Television & Film Production from Howard University and an MA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. She is a diverse professional with over a decade of experience producing high-quality arts programs,  leading strategic planning, fostering equitable and diverse learning environments and building partnerships that promote creativity, growth, and sustainability. Heather’s varied scope of skills has been highlighted through her work with prominent institutions including Los Angeles County Dept. of Arts & Culture, California Institute for the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, and Public Broadcast Service. Heather is a passionate advocate for equity and using arts as a change agent to uplift our schools and communities.

Vic Quintanar

Executive Assistant
As the Executive Assistant for Turnaround Arts: California, Vic is responsible for supporting organizational flow, communication efforts, Board support, and programmatic needs. Most recently, Vic served as the Program Manager for the Theater Offensive’s Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA) program in Boston where they coordinated PYTA’s annual national conferences for queer youth theater advocates and artists, and oversaw PYTA’s membership network, connecting nationwide members to resources, and each other. Vic has been active at the intersection of equity and the arts for over 10 years, having worked with Boston’s American Repertory Theater, San Diego’s North Coast Repertory Theatre, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Son of Semele Theater. Vic is a trained Stage Manager with a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jaime Reed

Development & Communications Manager

In her role as Development and Communications Manager for Turnaround Arts: California, Jaime is responsible for expanding and diversifying TACA’s network of support as well as overseeing the organization’s communications strategy. Jaime has worked for arts and social justice organizations for 10 years with roles focused in development and operations. Prior to joining Turnaround Arts, Jaime worked at A Window Between Worlds, an organization dedicated to transforming trauma through art. She has also previously worked with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Just Communities Central Coast. Jaime received her BA from UC Davis in Sociology and Women’s Studies and her MA in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles.