Sofia Klatzker is the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture across government, education, business, and community life. Under her leadership, the ACTIVATE advocacy leadership training program more than doubled in size now representing 132 leaders; created a new mobile website connecting Arts for LA’s 50,000 members with local officials; surveyed over 350 candidates across 60 local elections in November 2015; and launched a campaign to register arts and cultural organizations to become polling stations. She has over 16 years experience advocating for and implementing arts policies, arts education, and grant making. Sofia currently serves on the boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, and serves on both the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Policy Council, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network Advisory Council. Sofia received her B.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.
Charles Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto del Sol. Flowers is the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing Edmund White called “the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years." He served as Associate Director of the Academy of American Poets, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, and, most recently, as Deputy Development Director at the ACLU of the Southern California. After twenty years in Tennessee and twenty years in New York, Charles now calls Los Angeles home, with his husband and two dogs.
Victoria Hernandez is the Development intern through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Prior to interning at Arts for LA, she interned at Pomona College Museum of Art as the Collections Management intern through the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program and at the former California State Controller John Chiang’s office. Victoria was a participant in the Getty Leadership Institute: NextGen Now. Victoria will be receiving a B.A. in Art History and minor in Science, Technology, and Society from Pitzer College.
A native of Los Angeles, Abril Iñiguez-Rivas graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Biology in 2008. She went on to study marine biodiversity and evolutionary genetics in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. While at UCLA, her graduate studies and fieldwork at the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in Denpasar, Bali afforded her ample opportunities for SCUBA diving and spearfishing adventures across South East Asia. Upon leaving UCLA, Abril served as the Documents and Records Coordinator for the Immigration Center for Women & Children in Los Angeles before joining Arts for LA in 2016. Although a trained scientist, Abril nurtures her artistic side as a mariachi musician; she was a founding member of Mariachi Serrano de Claremont at the Claremont Colleges and continues as an alumni member of Mariachi de UCLAtlán with the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology.