Board & Staff


Doris Fukawa

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Crowden Gala

Named Executive and Artistic Director in 2005, Doris Fukawa’s connection to Crowden is far more deeply rooted. She attended kindergarten through second grade right here on Crowden’s campus, at the old Jefferson School, and her family still owns a local launderette/dry cleaners just two blocks away. Anne Crowden was Doris’s primary violin teacher in her youth, and Doris helped Anne with the community “Extension” program in the school’s earliest days. As Executive Director, Doris founded the John Adams Young Composers Program and the Mancini Lecture Series at Crowden, and initiated community collaborations ranging from our public school outreach program at Berkeley’s Washington School to our Suzuki Strings program offered in collaboration with Livermore’s Sycamore Strings, as well as recent creative collaborations with the San Francisco Ballet School. Under her stewardship, Crowden established an endowment, and renovated its main performance hall into the Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium, featuring Meyer Sound’s state-of-the-art Constellation system.

A well-known Bay Area violinist and educator, Doris actively teaches and conducts both at Crowden and beyond, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-college Division and in her private Oakland studio. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Midsummer Mozart, and Skywalker Symphony. Doris holds a B.Mus. from the Manhattan School of Music and a M.Ed from Columbia University Teachers College.

Leadership Team


Mike Ashton

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Crowden Gala

Marion Atherton

Chief Operating Officer, Interim Crowden School Principal

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Rey Rodriguez

Building & Grounds Supervisor

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Eugene Sor

Associate Artistic Director
Director of Music, The Crowden School


Diane Stair

Director of Development

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Jennifer Strauss

Director of Communications

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Michel Taddei

Director of Artistic Administration

Administrative Staff

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Rachel Ahrenstorff

Assistant Director of Community Programs

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Tiana Cameron

Front Desk Supervisor


Nora Castro

Aftercare Supervisor

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Maria Danielson

Staff Accountant

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Monica Frame

Crowden School Counselor

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Donielle Goldinger

Front Desk Supervisor

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Michelle Lee

Communications Associate


Margaret Linn

Afternoon Office Manager

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Heidi Mattson

Vice Principal, The Crowden School


Andrew McKleroy

Development Associate

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Jorge Mendoza

Buildings and Grounds Assistant


Anette Skloot

Crowden School Admissions Manager

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Stephannie Tornow

Operations and Database Manager

Crowden Music Center Board of Trustees


James Marks
Interim Chair

Donna Eyestone

Harry Loucks


Angela Archie
Joan Balter
Doris Chen
Zoe Glynn
Eric Hallstein
Michelle Klucsor
Jacob Pak
Maria Poncel
Doris Fukawa, ex officio

Music Advisory Board

John Adams
Bonnie Hampton
Gary Karr
Michael Morgan (1957 to 2021)
Sir Simon Rattle

Advisory Board

Sallie Arens
Patrick Golden
Cary Koh
John Lowitz (1936 to 2021)
Bennett Markel
John McCarthy
Helen Meyer
Deborah O'Grady

Honorary President

Lord Yehudi Menuhin
(1916 to 1999)

Founding President

Colin Hampton
(1911 to 1996)

Crowden is planning for its future!

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