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ARTS, CULTURE, AND CREATIVE ECONOMY COMMISSION MEMBERS 

The Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy Commission is made up of 11 members; 8 members representing each district in Sacramento, and 3 appointed by the Mayor.

Rick Gott – District 1
With a Bachelor Of Arts degree and a CTE (California Technical Education) credential, Rick has been teaching Drama and Film at Natomas Charter School for twenty-two years. In that time, he has been honored in the “Who’s Who in American Education” twelve times.

Rick also directed Natomas Charter School’s production, of “Convergence,” which was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During his tenure so far, Rick has directed and/or produced over twenty-five production.

As a playwright, Rick’s work has been produced off-Broadway in New York on three separate occasions, including a piece starring Jane Curtin and Paul Dooley. As an actor, Rick has appeared in over one hundred plays and received two Elly Awards as Best Actor. He has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company and the B Street Theatre as well as being a principal actor for the Sacramento Opera Company for five seasons. Rick has also appeared in five national commercials and has been seen in hundreds of local and regional television and radio spots. He was the campaign voice for Tower Records for seven years.

More recently, Rick has created the web series, “Dark Pool,” a Sci-Fi Thriller series shot entirely in and around Sacramento. The series has won five awards from the acclaimed LAwebFest, the first and largest Web Festival in the world. In 2013, “Dark Pool” was honored by LAwebFest with one of the Grand Prizes, an opportunity to be screened in Marseilles, France at the Marseilles WebFest. The series has also been nominated at Festivals across the globe, including Vancouver, Australia and South Korea. Rick is honored to be appointed as a commissioner on the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission.

Cecily Hastings – District 3
Cecily founded Inside Publications in 1996 and has successfully grown her publishing business to four neighborhood monthlies. Collectively they now have the largest print circulation in Sacramento. She was able to grow and expand her business at a time when other local print media saw their circulations steeply decline.

Additionally she created and published the first of its kind book, “Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” The beautiful book, now in its Second Edition, features more than 110 locally-owned small businesses and has sold more than 10,000 copies. She also formed a unique civic partnership to help produce the book which showcases Sacramento neighborhoods at their very best.

In 2012 Cecily also founded the nonprofit Friends of East Sacramento that has successfully restored the McKinley Rose Garden and Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park under a unique partnership with the City of Sacramento. She raised more than $250,000 in private donations for the venture and has volunteered all her time to make the ongoing management of the facilities a business success.

Cecily has made an extremely positive mark on our city in the last 25 years. She was honored by the SBJ Women Who Mean Business Award in 2017 and received a CAPPIE Award for her book promotion that same year. She was twice (2001 and 2011) honored as Business of the Year by the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce that she founded in 1998. And Cecily was honored as Media Person of the Year by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Cecily has severed on numerous city boards and commissions, including the Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission from 2010 to 2016 and was chair of the Citizen’s Measure U Advisory Board from 2014 to 2016.

Maya Wallace – District 4, Vice Chair

Andrea Lepore – District 5
Andrea Lepore founded Lepore Development in 2006, a design and purpose-driven firm producing brands, concepts, and developments with the goal of improving urban neighborhoods and our quality of life. Lepore created the brand and designed Solomon’s Delicatessen in honor of Tower Records and founder Russ Solomon and “The Russ Room” to showcase artists and musicians and support local art and music programs.

Lepore co-founded and served as the creative director for HOT ITALIAN pizza bar, originally launched in 2009. Designing the building to become the first LEED Certified (Silver) restaurant in the region, Lepore turned a dilapidated corner into a thriving community hub with innovative art and music events, continuously supporting local artists, designers and musicians. In 2012, Lepore worked with SMAC to create the “Words on Walls” Art in Public Places project, collaborating with poets, graphic designers, and muralists, earning an Americans for the Arts Award in 2014. Lepore served on the advisory committee to establish the “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” exhibit at The California Museum.

A UC Davis graduate, Lepore spent a decade with the Sacramento Kings and earned her Masters of Design Studies from Boston Architectural College in 2016. Lepore has been a featured speaker and panelist member for numerous events including Food Funded, Food Tank, Creative Mornings, California Groundbreakers, CMND Shift, Meeting of the Minds, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Sacramento Asian Chamber, Metro Edge, Business Journal, and UC Davis. Lepore is also on the Board of Trustees of The California Museum and served on the Planning Commission in West Sacramento (2015-17).

Raised in a family of hardworking grandparents from Italy with activists, artists, architects, dancers, and designers, Lepore’s father was a renaissance man (painter, sculptor, musician) and mother was an educator and administrator.

Isela Perez – District 6
Isela Pérez is a performing artist, educator and advocate for equal arts access. After dancing five seasons with the Sacramento Kings, she saw an opportunity to create a place for professional commercial dancers to train and work, inspiring her to open Sac Dance Lab - the city's first resource for professional commercial dancers. As a commissioner, she plans to focus on developing a sustainable local industry for performing artists in Sacramento. Isela holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from her hometown university, Sacramento State.

Doni Blumenstock – District 7
Doni Blumenstock is a recognized expert on leadership, coalition building, and community development. She is the author of Community Organizing for Prevention: The First Steps, written for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and was a co-author for The Community Collaboration Manual. She has led workshops and given presentations for national, state and local groups.

Doni is presently a consultant working in leadership training, executive coaching, coalition building, program design, organizational development and strategic planning.
She designed and currently runs a training and coaching program for a bio-tech start-up in West Sacramento, Origin Materials, to develop the management and leadership qualities their high potential employees. Now on the second cohort, the members are moving into positions of influence and responsibility with the company.

For eight years Doni served as the Program Director of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program which works to build a diverse cohort of young professionals with the skills, connections and confidence to move up to the tables of leadership in the region. NELP’s nine classes of alumni serve on over 150 regional boards and commissions. She recently completed a six-year term as an appointee on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. As a volunteer also she facilitates a group of professional arts leaders working to raise the visibility and viability of the professional arts in the region.

From 1997 to 2009 Doni served as the founding executive director of the Sacramento region chapter of the American Leadership Forum, a national organization dedicated to joining and strengthening leaders to serve the public good. ALF’s objective is to create a “bone-structure” for the region, building trust and connections among leaders to support transformational change.

Doni is the wife of an Episcopal priest, and is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of four.

Luisa Lavulo – District 8
Luisa Lavulo, a native to California, was raised in Minnesota and received majority of her education there. Since relocating back to Sacramento in 2000 she has married her husband Ronald Lavulo and together they have raised their 5 children for the past 12 years in district 8. With a full house of children she is dedicated to making her community a more sustainable future focused environment. She volunteers as a youth leader at her church and is a co/chairman of the TOFA Ambassadors program for Pacific Islander Youth.

Dr. L. Steven Winlock – Mayor’s Appointee, Chair
Dr. L. Steven Winlock, is the Executive Director of the Sacramento County Office School of Education. The SCOE School of Education provides leadership and teacher development for the School districts in the Sacramento Region. This is provided through credentialing programs as well as providing professional development for teachers and education leaders. Dr. Winlock has been an educator for over 40 years as a teacher, elementary principal, and trainer of school leaders and as associate superintendent in one of the largest school districts in California. Dr. Winlock also serves as the art liaison for the Sacramento County Office of Education, assisting with the art education and implementation for the Sacramento County School Districts.

Dr. Winlock born and raised in Sacramento has made Sacramento his forever home. His involvement in the Sacramento community has been in the arts and culture as a performer as well as a board member of many art organizations. He has worked with many Sacramento community groups, who have the focus of supporting the well-being of the Sacramento Community.

Priscilla Enriquez – Mayor’s Appointee
Priscilla Enriquez has always been a supporter of the arts- starting out like millions of children taking piano lessons for many years. But it was through her own children who experienced the arts in public schools that cemented both a personal and professional commitment to the arts. Music and visual arts programs in schools change the trajectory for so many youth as it is a pathway to community engagement, cultural enrichment, and economic vitality and her desire to making that pathway equitable for all is what underscores her love for the arts. Besides either having raised money or volunteering for her children’s school marching band or other arts education programs, Priscilla always found her leadership role in starting-up new arts programming - either as the co-chair for the inaugural Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program in Sacramento in 2011, to launching the Arts Day of Giving in 2013 (the pilot effort that seeded the region’s successful Big Day of Giving), to ideating and curating myriad capacity building programs for nonprofit organizations and launching an arts strategic initiative, and being involved in two major cultural planning efforts under two mayors for the Sacramento region- For Arts Sake and Creative Edge. She has served as board member to two arts organization- formerly leading the board in the organizational turnaround of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera in 2014-15, to most recently joining Fairytale Town’s board in 2019 and leading the search for a new executive director.

Priscilla has spent decades in her career as a grantmaker, and is currently CEO of the James B. McClatchy Foundation, where she leads in the impact and strategic direction of the Foundation in its mission to invest in education and the active civic participation in our democracy across the Central Valley - the arts of which are a true expression of the intersection of both issues. Priscilla lives in the Greenhaven area with her husband John, daughter Lillie, and dog Berkeley.

Melinda Wilson Ramey – Mayor’s Appointee
Melinda Wilson Ramey, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Students and Personnel in the College of Arts & Letters at Sacramento State. She holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University, a M.A. in Theatre also from Northwestern, and a B.A. in African American Studies from Vanderbilt University. As a university administrator, she focuses on student success initiatives, faculty/staff development and creative collaborations between the college and Sacramento community. She is the former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance where she taught courses in theatre history, script analysis, directing, and African American and multicultural theatre.