CounterPulse is growing our outstanding team of Board of Directors!

CounterPulse’s Board of Directors comprise a strong coalition of thinkers, makers and movers in the Bay Area who advocate for art for positive change. As a member of our Board, you become a pivotal part of CounterPulse’s artistic and social community as an ambassador of our steadfast, 30-year organization.

CounterPulse’s Board advocates on behalf of our organization and leverages key resources and cross-sector networks in our collaborative advancement strategies. Current Board Members bring their backgrounds in law consultation, urban planning and architecture, software engineering, and non-profit management to the table. We’re looking for additional members to join our Board who are prepared to lead CounterPulse as we take on the extraordinary opportunity to buy our building and make a legacy impact on the city of San Francisco!

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

For questions, please contact Artistic & Executive Director, Julie Phelps, julie@counterpulse.org

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Kush Amerasinghe

Kush Amerasinghe is a curious human on an ongoing pursuit of understanding the world and humanity while being a multidisciplinary problem solver for a living – currently working on future creative software innovation initiatives at Adobe in San Francisco.  Kush co-founded multiple cutting edge technology and digital media startups/projects in Sri Lanka, Italy, Philippines and Indonesia.

Using the intersection of art, technology and business to empower people to make the world a better place is one of Kush’s recurring aspirations.  CounterPulse’s mission to help artists question assumptions and rethink norms is well aligned with his approach to innovation by taking the path less travelled.  As a person who beat the odds to overcome adversity during times of extreme turmoil, Kush appreciates the importance of giving more opportunities to more people and help them realize their full potential.

When not experimenting with technology, Kush enjoys being an amateur of many things including drumming, theoretical physics, aviation, and life.

Lisa Beyer

Lisa Beyer is a landscape architect and urban planner, passionate about cities, design and community. Her love of urban landscapes informs a long-standing commitment to the implementation of nature-based solutions. Hailing from sunny Tucson, Arizona, Lisa has twenty years of experience planning, designing and managing a number of acclaimed urban projects in New York City, St. Louis, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dance and music have always been an integral part of her life. In high school and college, Lisa participated in modern dance programs where she choreographed work and performed regularly. This was formative for her future career in design. Lisa is inspired by and committed to CounterPulse’s mission to encourage and support risk taking in the arts, provide the resources and space to test ideas, connect with community, and help artists launch careers.

She holds dual master’s degrees in landscape architecture and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in dance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Victor Cordon

Victor Cordon is a philanthropy and employee engagement professional, currently working at CSAA Insurance Group. In this role he manages operations for the company’s grantmaking, executes employee impact campaigns and leads the company’s pro bono volunteerism program. Previously he managed corporate partnerships for the American Red Cross. At CounterPulse, Victor co-chairs CounterPulse’s Development Committee. Victor graduated from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program and was the Executive Producer of WACsmash! – an interdisciplinary showcase of dance, film, live music and visual arts. A proud San Francisco native he is now enjoying the warmth of the East Bay living in Oakland.

Laura Elaine Ellis

Laura Elaine Ellis is co-founder and Director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition, co-presenters of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now (BCF). Her work has been recognized by the State of California and the Alameda Arts Commission for preserving African American art and culture.  Laura performs and choreographers with Dimensions Dance Theater and Flyaway Productions; she is the community outreach coordinator and co-curator for the SF Dance Film Festival, Raising Voices program, and has served over 25 years on faculty for the Dance departments at the Athenian School and CSU Eastbay.  Laura served as a founding curator of Performing Diaspora; Board Secretary and Chair for CounterPulse.

Joel Goldsmith

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Joel has spent his career managing programs for community and emergent mental health in San Francisco. Most recently, Joel managed San Francisco’s suicide hotline, where he pioneered new techniques for suicide risk reduction and community engagement. Joel balances his career with what he finds life sustaining; the arts. In addition to his work with CounterPulse, Joel is a photographer and has a background in film and social arts practice. Joel attended UC San Diego where he earned a BA in Communication. His focus has always been on the intersection of storytelling and health.

Lindsey McClenahan

Lindsey was appointed Interim Vice President for Development at the University of San Francisco in February 2021. She joined USF in 2014 as
the Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2019 followed by a promotion to Associate Vice President in 2020. During her time at USF, she has raised nearly $30 million for the university, with gifts that have brought funding to a diverse array of important initiatives, from facilities to scholarships and centers of excellence. Notably, she led the solicitation of one of the largest campaign donations to date, a gift of $15 million from alumnus Gordon Getty to launch USF’s Honors College. She is known for building strong relationships with colleagues across the university and strategic partnerships with benefactors supporting our critical priorities. Before joining USF, Lindsey, a Boston College graduate, was a fundraiser at a number of San Francisco nonprofits, including the San Francisco Symphony and the American Red Cross of the Bay Area.

Peter McCormack

Peter McCormack is a marketing and communications professional currently serving as Vice President of Highwire PR. He works with clients from established Fortune 500 companies to tech startups, and manufacturers to local arts organizations. For several years, he ran PR for Taste of Potrero, SF’s premier food gala which features servings from the city’s star chefs benefitting the Daniel Webster Elementary School.

At CounterPulse, Peter serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. He graduated from Tufts University, where he collaborated and performed with Spirit of the Creative (formerly SOC) — a means of cultural expression through singing, acting and dancing. Peter strongly believes that art has an important impact on individuals, communities and cross-cultural exchange. He is committed to providing a safe space for artists and cultural innovators to work and flourish.

Antoaneta (Toni) Petkova

Antoaneta (Toni) Petkova, Ph.D. is CounterPulse’s board treasurer. In her daily life, she is a professor of management at San Francisco State University where she teaches strategy and entrepreneurship. Her academic research focuses on technology and innovation management. She is passionate about arts and believes in the power of arts to bring social justice to our society. She was attracted to CounterPulse by its innovative and diverse programming. Over the years, this became her favorite art space in San Francisco where she regularly brings family and friends to enjoy its vibrant art community.

Julie E. Phelps

Julie E. Phelps has been with CounterPulse for over 10 years. Working at the intersection of the arts, activism, and community development, Phelps enacts intentional imprecision as a mode of advancing the multi-faceted mission of CounterPulse. As Artistic & Executive Director, Phelps intersects grassroots community responsiveness with practices borrowed from tactical urbanism, placemaking and social innovation to co-create transformational experiences on and off stage for CounterPulse artists and audiences. Recently named a YBCA 100 Honoree for her work leading the process of acquiring and renovating a new building in San Francisco to launch a new model for placing arts at the center of community development as the pilot project of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST). Phelps collaborated with Jensen Architects to create a built environment that fosters risk-taking and innovation. The resulting facility has been acclaimed by the press and featured in architectural reviews, receiving the 2017 Inspiration Award from CONTRACT magazine. In addition to her work on the facility development, Phelps led the enterprising team of CounterPulse in funding and launching a curated and acclaimed program of performing arts events, community-based programming, and international cross-cultural exchange projects. Phelps tours nationally and internationally as a speaker, U.S. representative, and dance artist.

Lucy Milligan Wahl

Lucy Milligan Wahl is the founder of LMW Edits, a San Francisco based professional organizing company. Previously, she earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, worked in fundraising at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and graduated with an AB from Princeton University. A lifelong dancer and lover of performance, she was drawn to CounterPulse by the breadth and depth of the work presented. What she didn’t expect was to discover a thriving, vibrant community full of new friends that welcomed her with open arms. She’s dedicated to CounterPulse’s growth and development because she believes that its place in the San Francisco arts scene is both vitally important and irreplaceable. Lucy lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andrew, and rescue pitbull, Petunia.