OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff Jackson (Board Chair) | Austin, TX
Jeff Jackson has a Masters degree in nonprofit management and leadership from Texas State University. He has 30 years of experience using experiential education as a teaching method with at risk teens. His passion is working with and promoting Texas underground music and art.
Armando Sanchez (Vice Chair) | Houston, TX
Armando Sanchez is a music industry executive with strong partnerships among many Texas-based
artists of various genres. His awards include two GRAMMYs for his work as an executive producer. Armando is a Texas Aggie’86 and resides in Houston, Texas.
Melanie Morgan (Secretary) | Austin, TX
Melanie Morgan Gomez, Ph.D Ethnomusicology is the Director for Strategy, Analysis and Planning, AP Higher Education for the College Board where she oversees budget, major event planning, and analysis and reporting for outreach efforts to advocate for the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Prior to this, Melanie worked at the University of Texas at Austin in grant writing and development for the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, and Business, and as Director for Membership and Public Affairs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas.
Sean Hale (Treasurer) | Austin, TX
Derek Garson | Austin, TX
Derek is a business manager and sales strategist currently helping people get jobs at Indeed. In addition to board service at Texas Folklife Derek has supported the Austin community through work with Communities in Schools and various food banks in the area.. Derek holds a MBA from UT McCombs School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Tom Ellis | Dallas, TX
Tom Ellis has been involved in music as a music critic, performer, promoter, biographer, and teacher since the late 1960s. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.