Board of Directors

Our rockstar Board of Directors supports our growth in so many ways – solid governance, strategic guidance, fundraising, advocacy and ambassadorship. 


Laura Sutphen


Managing Director, Social Impact + Inclusion

TPMS fills an expression gap for Chicago kids. It weds music with confidence and pride and expands the ability of students to think bigger across a variety of subjects. There is also a human-led intimacy that TPMS delivers – you feel like you are a part of something moving, something deeply personal and you feel that energy from every staff member. It’s a catalyst for change with a unique vision, rooted in a unique history, and prepares kids for a rich future.

The People’s Music School Board of Directors


Juanna Blackwell

Michael Buck*
Driehaus Capital Management LLC

Uma Chandrasekaran
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kevin Dolan, Secretary

Ellen Feldman
Community volunteer

Gary Hart 
Mowery & Schoenfeld

Emerald-Jane “EJ” Hunter
myWHY Agency

Joe Idaszak
Brookfield Asset Management

Carolyn Jaw
Federal Home Loan Bank

Nalini Kotamraju

Julie Lopez
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Adam Lucas, Treasurer 
Concentric Equity Partners

Stephanie Macakanja, Vice Chair
BlackSheep General Store

Nancy Power 
Ariel Investments

Anthony Salazar
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Steven Shaw, Board Chair

Peter Sheren
Goldman Sachs

Laura Sutphen 

Cecilia Torres VanGetson
Community volunteer

Rob Whiteman
Better Future Advisors LLC

Cici Zheng
Corridor Capital

* indicates Lifetime Trustee

Interested in learning about Board Service?

This group is a great fit for individuals looking to be leaders at a fast-paced, professionally managed nonprofit. We welcome your interest and invite you to explore whether the Board or a Board Committee position might be the right fit for you.