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Jason Jong
Cultural and Creative Economy Manager
Email: Jason Jong

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Melissa Cirone
Program Manager
Email: Melissa Cirone
916- 808-3983

Prior to coming to the Office of Arts and Culture, Melissa has managed organizations and public programs in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual arts, literary arts, theatre, and dance. She served as Executive Director of Circuit Network, a Bay Area, nonprofit arts management organization, where she developed direct services and led educational workshops in audience and community engagement, grassroots marketing, and fundraising for hundreds of California performing artists. Melissa has also served as program consultant for Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California and was director of Communications and Visitor Experience for the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA.  Melissa joined the staff in 2017.

Mannylyn 'Allen' Timoteo







Mannylyn (Allen) Timoteo
Administrative Analyst
Email: Allen Timoteo

Allen Timoteo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Business Management there. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and became a resident of Sacramento in 2003. Her career with the City began in 2013 when she joined the Convention Center as an Accounting Tech. She was promoted as an Administrative Analyst in 2015 with the Parks & Recreation Department, where she handled the financials and the State and Federal grants for the 4th "R" after-school program (18 school sites) and Access Leisure, which serves youth and adults with disabilities. She is excited to be a part of the Office of Arts and Culture because one of her aspirations is to be more socially and culturally active in the arts world.

Donald Gensler, Art in Public Places Project Manager






Donald Gensler
Art In Public Places Project Manager
Email: Donald Gensler
916- 808-8493

Donald joined the  staff in January, 2018. He manages restorations, ongoing projects, and new build public art projects for the City of Sacramento. He is both an attorney and visual artist with a passion for and experience in making and managing public art projects both nationally and internationally. Having worked as an attorney in land conservancy and site acquisition, he understands the unique land use and contract challenges involved in locating projects in public spaces. For over twenty years he has worked as a visual artist in community arts, private, public, and non-profit public art programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Dublin, Ireland. He understands the challenges artists face in working with municipalities and project stakeholders. He was an Adjunct Professor in public art at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and was a Lecturer in public art and mural making for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, PA where he also worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, developing social justice centered arts programing. He actively writes about public space, mural making, social justice, and public art. His murals and writings on public art have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and in recent publications such as books by Maureen O’Connell, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, Kiriakos Iosifidis, Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Spaces Around the World Vol. 2, and Jane Golden, Natalie Pompilio, and Robin Rice, More Philadelphia Murals.


Jennifer West
Film Office Manager
Email: Jennifer West

Jennifer brings her extensive experience in film production, business management, and Sacramento city politics. Prior to joining the Sacramento Film Office, Jennifer worked on feature films in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC before becoming the Manager of Television Production for a Hollywood studio. After moving to Sacramento, raising a family, and running two businesses, Jennifer served in the City Council Office of District 3 assisting Vice Mayor Jeff Harris and producing the successful concert series Pops in the Park. In her new capacity, Jennifer will focus on rebranding Sacramento as a film destination. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara. In her free time, she enjoys spending weekends at her cabin in Tahoe with her husband, 3 teenage children, and dog Joey.

Diana Roofner
Arts Program Assistant
Email: Diana Roofner

Susanna Tu
Arts Programs Coordinator, Individual Artists
Email: Susanna Tu

April Breis
Arts Program Coordinator, Organizations
Email: April Breis

Richard Falcon
Arts Program Coordinator, Capitol Region Creative Corps
Email: Richard Falcon