JOAN FORD, CEO
Joan Ford has more than fifteen years of leadership and fundraising experience in the nonprofit community in Los Angeles, including CEO, Executive Direction and VP of Fundraising since 1999. Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and managing teams has improved revenue, morale, visibility, efficiency and efficacy for numerous nonprofit throughout LA. Joan is a 1995 graduate of UCLA's Management School and has completed trainings at the Center for Creative Leadership, Grantsmanship Center and Indiana University School of Fundraising.
Carly rose taylor, community outreach & PROGRAMS MANAGER
Carly graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Feminist Studies. Her professional history includes work in campus sexual assault, domestic violence support groups, and substance use disorder treatment. Carly’s belief in the arts as healing began when she directed a dance show about love and friendship in the LGBTQ+ community. When she is not coordinating with Free Arts volunteers and community partners she is probably behind a book and a mug of tea.
Tawana Carter, Office Manager
Tawana Carter lives in Altadena with her husband, two daughters and dog Scruffy.
She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. She set a personal goal and completed her MBA in 2015 and continues to study for her Human Resources credentials.
She has always had a passion for working with local nonprofits, she has organized fundraising events, formed community partnerships and sat on several boards in various capacities.
Sara Ford, Development Manager
Sara is driven by her passions for art, creativity and making real change happen. She received her Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Southern California in 2013, and then went on to get her Master of Music Performance from Indiana University in 2015. An LA native, she knew she would always end up back in California. While at USC, Sara's passion for community service was fostered, and she began her journey through the nonprofit world through various organizations and nonprofits.