In Schools Today (MUST), a San Francisco music education non-profit,
today announced the appointment of Arista
Networks chief financial officer Kelyn
Brannon as board chair. Brannon is a 20-year veteran in financial
services and former CFO of Amazon's international division.
Kelyn's appointment coincides with the expansion of MUST's music
integration programs, which offer best practices in integrating science,
math and the arts. This includes a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts & Math), an evolution of traditional STEM education
A 2013 study released by the National Endowment for the Arts http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/Arts-At-Risk-Yoth.pdf
reported 93 percent of STEM graduates had some form of musical training
in their lives, compared to only 34 percent of average adults. Music is
one of the best, proven ways to integrate learning during the school day.
Brannon stated: "As budgets for educational music programs continue to
disappear, the programs offered by Music In Schools Today are more
critical than ever. We must address the unmistakable contribution the
arts provide to future scientists and technologists. I'm excited to
oversee MUST's new STEAM initiative and the expansion of our national
Head Start pilot Music First! These initiatives drive an
aggressive capital campaign for 2014-2015."
Milliken, vice president of global brand development for The Clorox
Corporation, will serve as board co-chair with Brannon. Milliken has
served as co-chair with MUST since 2008, overseeing the creation of a
new strategic plan and the implementation of all of MUST's programs. At
Clorox, Milliken is responsible for building the company's brand,
building capability and implementing across a global portfolio of
brands. He brings a wealth of expertise to a company that boasts
revenues of over $4 billion annually.
MUST is also proud to announce that their newest board member, Steve
DiNardo, vice president of sales and market manager for Entercom
Communications in San Francisco, is taking on the role of CFO. Entercom
is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the US and
operates four San Francisco radio stations. Entercom stations are
renowned for their commitment to improving their communities, providing
over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.
"Kelyn's leadership is well-known in the finance, technology and
investor relations communities," says Meg Madden, executive director for
MUST. "Her board leadership, in partnership with Doug, Steve and the
entire board, will ensure expansion of our rich variety of music
programs to serve a critical mass of low-income and at-risk children in
the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as our successful debut in on-line
About Music In Schools Today
Founded in 1983, MUST builds long-term relationships with districts and
schools serving low-income children. MUST brings children the joys of
music making, offering substantial teacher and artist training in
curriculum integration, hand-tailoring programs to school needs,
networking them with community resources, reaching over 28,000 pre-K 12
children and youth annually. MUST supports and develops integrated,
accessible, sustainable and measurable music education programs that
improve student achievement. Despite extensive research indicating that
music instruction supplies intellectual, emotional and physical
components critical to children's development, music and arts programs
are often the first victims of budget cuts. MUST combats this trend with
a comprehensive set of programs that are resistant to budget slashing.
MUST conducts research and development and advocates to restore music as
an essential principle of education.
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