Joy & Laura

Joy-Leilani Garbutt & Laura Colgate, Co-Founders and Artistic Directors (Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil)

Joy-Leilani Garbutt & Laura Colgate, Co-Founders and Artistic Directors (Photo Credit: Geoff Sheil)


For a little backstory click here to read an article from the DCist.


to find out more about the founders:


Boulanger Initiative Volunteer team members

  • Laura Colgate: Co-Founder & Executive Director

  • Joy-Leilani Garbutt: Co-Founder & Executive Director of Education

  • Dana Rokosny: Assistant Executive Director

  • Ashi Day: Interim Director of Education

  • Anthony Marotta: Director of Development

  • Christine Lightner: Director of Education Advancement

  • Megan DiGeorgio: Marketing and Communications

  • Tyler Wert: Director of Grant Development

  • Matthew Gardner: Development Assistant

  • Sarah Horick: Concert and Festival Organizer

  • Inti Figgis-Vizueta: Director of Inclusion Advisory Council

  • Simone Baron: Co-Artistic Director

  • Katy Ambrose: Operations Manager

Inclusion Advisory Council:

The Boulanger Initiative Inclusion Council works to ensure highly diverse concert programming, education curricula, and commissions within the greater work of the organization. The Council, made up of professional music practitioners and educators, works in an advisory capacity and meets semi-regularly to create standards for diversity quotas, to identify & integrate anti-oppression models, and to work on Boulanger Initiative’s capacity for programming outside of a cis, white dominated model. This strategy-building will be applied to the organization as a whole, with the mission of educating team members on gender and cultural competency to allow the Council to focus on larger scale actions engaging with anti-blackness, colorism, colonialism, imperialism, classism, ableism, and trans discrimination within classical and new music spaces. The Council will work closely with inti figgis-vizueta, the Director of Inclusion and primary liaison for the Board of Advisors and the Executive Director.



Boulanger Initiative’s Leadership Circle consists of friends who are working hard to support the Initiative’s success at this crucial stage in our development. Members of the Leadership Circle will act as advisors to the Organization while we work towards attaining 501(c)3 status and as we build our Founding Board of Directors and Advisory Board. If you are interested in joining our Leadership Circle please email

  • Susy Cheston

  • Rob Deemer

  • Alexandra Gardner

  • Monica Jeffries Hazangeles

  • Zachary Hastings Hooper

  • Eliot Pfanstiehl

  • Will Robin