Board and Administration

Grant Park Music Festival Administrative Staff


Paul Winberg
President and CEO


Chris Collins
General Manager

Linda Oper
Orchestra Personnel Manager

Melissa Hilker
Chorus Personnel Manager

Hilary Mercer
Education and Community Engagement Manager

Eliza Bangert
Orchestra Librarian

Allie Chambers
Library Assistant

Charlie Jones
Artistic Assistant

Olive Loentz
Artistic Assistant

Marina Akamatsu
Education Programs Assistant

Natalia NewVille
Teaching Artist

Chad Polk
Teaching Artist

Finance and Administration

Hannah Lehman
Chief Financial Officer

Sonya Mullings
Administrative Coordinator


Emily Canham
Chief Development Officer

Hilary Holbrook
Campaign and Donor Relations Manager

Jennifer Nahn
Associate Director of Development

Jessica Zakula
Development Operations Manager

SMART Marketing
Telefunding Partner

Marketing and Patron Services

Jill Hurwitz
Chief Marketing Officer

James Freund
Associate Director of Patron Services

Hazel Lewis
Patron Services Volunteer

Tami Manton
Group Sales

Noel Morris
Marketing Manager

Odele Peter
Tessitura Manager

Wren Wesner
Patron Services Coordinator

Craig Barnes
Patron Services Assistant

Sylvia Sanchez
Patron Services Assistant

Front of House

Don Hall
Front of House Manager

Gisela Marx
Deputy Front of House Manager



Dan Kobayashi

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Grant Park Music Festival
205 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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