Small Business Owner in San Francisco, California
I am a founding partner at Brilliant Corners Artist Management. We have offices in San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. Brilliant Corners represents a diverse array of artists including Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Toro Y Moi, Best Coast, Soccer Mommy, Real Estate, New Pornographers, and Pup.
I am also a partner in Noise Pop Industries. Based in San Francisco, we curate, produce, and promote various events throughout the greater Bay Area including the Noise Pop Festival. I was one of the founding partners of the groundbreaking boutique outdoor music festivals, Treasure Island, which ran from 2007-2018
I currently sit on the board of three San Francisco based non-profits: McSweeney's, Stern Grove Festival, and experimental art and performance space, The Lab. Previously I served on the boards of 826 National, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bay Area chapter of NARAS, and Revolutions Per Minute, an organization dedicated to connecting artists with social causes. I also spent five years on the board of directors for the Independent On-Line Distribution Alliance (IODA) which ended in a partial acquisition by Sony in 2009.
I am politically active. I was on the entertainment advisory committee for Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Beginning in 2004, I have launched various election based projects with the author, Dave Eggers. Our most recent was a pair of digital compilations called "Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Volumes 1 and 2." The two albums raised over $550,000 in 48 hours for voter's rights organizations, Fair Fight, Color of Change, and Voting Rights Lab. Other initiatives include the“Future Dictionary of America" (2004), the website 90 Days, 90 Reasons (2012), and 30 Days, 30 Songs (2016).
Lastly, I am an investor in a few San Francisco restaurants Central Kitchen, Salumeria, and Wise Son's Deli as well as the celebrated bar, Trick Dog.