Barbara Palley

Executive Director

Barbara Palley is the Executive Director 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.

Dr. Kim Mitchell

Associate Director of Program

Dr. Kim Mitchell is a proud Los Angeles native and a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in English. During her time at Stanford, she had the opportunity to study Shakespearian Literature abroad at Oxford University. Dr. Mitchell earned both a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film Directing and a Master of Education from UCLA. Her film projects garnered awards including a Motion Picture Association of America Award and the Lynn Weston Fellowship in Film. Dr. Mitchell received her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Kim is a TEDx speaker who brings her experiences as a former K-12 film and theatre teacher and current part time lecturer in teacher education at UCLA.

Chelsey Barmore Brunelle

Program Manager

For nearly a decade, Chelsey (Barmore) Brunelle has built and managed dynamic interdisciplinary programming for youth throughout the Bay and Greater Los Angeles Area. As a former educator, her work has involved partnering with Title 1 public schools in strategic planning, culturally responsive curriculum and teacher development, while also managing programs that explore the intersection of the arts, literacy, and business for young creatives. Chelsey created and advised Electric- a student-run, nationally recognized, REALM awarded literary magazine- filled with original prose, poetry, digital, and visual illustrations out of the Inland Empire. Electric alumni have moved on to write and publish their own books, been featured in local galleries, and attend some of the top art institutions in the country. Chelsey has also built and managed business programming focused on creative industries for students at The School of Arts and Enterprise and collaborated with their school stakeholders on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Chelsey is a Teach For America Alumna (Bay Area ‘14), with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Azusa Pacific University and currently completing her Master of Arts in Business of Creative Enterprises from Emerson College.

Jaime Reed

Associate Director of Development and Communications

In her role as Associate Director of Development and Communications 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.

Kiran Grewal

Administrative Assistant

Kiran Grewal is an Administrative Assistant for Turnaround Arts: California. She began her work in community development and equity while pursuing an Environmental Studies degree at Bucknell University, during which she collaborated with local communities on research and engagement projects. Kiran volunteered briefly in the Peace Corps as a community health educator in southern Zambia; she also coordinated programming and events as an Island Fellow with the Chebeague Recreation Center on Chebeague Island, Maine. Prior to joining Turnaround Arts, Kiran connected low-income clients to social services as a Client Advocate through the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office and Partners for Justice.