MEET THE BOARD

BOARD LEADERSHIP

Fil MarescaFil Maresca, board chair, envisions Levitt Pavilion as a premier venue for live outdoor concerts in Downtown San Jose. Fil is an event planner, comic book collector, former night club owner and public space programmer. Levitt won’t be his first turnaround story either — as the owner of F/X in the SoFA District, he transformed a former adult theater into an iconic entertainment destination for live alternative music, hosting bands such as No Doubt, SmashMouth and hundreds of others.

Carlos VelazquezCarlos Velazquez, vice chair, is excited to see Levitt Pavilion be a resource for local artists and a welcome space for all of San José. Carlos is a native of San José who has led the communications for a variety of arts, humanities, and environmental organizations. He is an alum of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes, as well as the Multicultural Artists Leadership Institute (MALI) in San José. 

Laura Wolford, board treasurer, can picture St. James Park welcoming back families, residents, workers, and students from downtown and throughout Silicon Valley with their smiles, picnic baskets and their dancing shoes. Creating opportunities for community engagement and connection is Laura’s passion and she is excited to bring her experience of that, as well as her knowledge of logistics, operations and planning to the Levitt Pavilion San Jose to assure its vision is realized and embraced. Laura is a Naglee Park resident and has lived downtown since attending SJSU as a college freshman.

Jenn Protas,  board secretary, embraces the idea of Levitt Pavilion as a transformative space, bringing together all communities in San Jose through shared experiences and music. Jenn lives in Downtown San Jose near Saint James Park, and works as an employment attorney in the San Jose-based law firm, Hoge Fenton. Jenn grew up attending a summer series of concerts in the park with her family every summer and hopes Levitt Pavilion San Jose provides future generations the same opportunities to build fond memories.

      • BOARD MEMBERS
      • Rick Holden, Retired
      • Fil Maresca, Filco Events
      • Jenn Protas, Hoge Fenton
      • Laura Wolford
      • Tommy Aguilar, Universal Grammar
      • Melissa Durkin, Republic Urban Properties
      • Brian Grayson
      • Dan Lachman, Community Activist
      • Michael McDermand
      • Stephen Polcyn, Design Link
      • Lizzie Rock, Khan Academy
      • Simeon Shigg, Casino M8trix
      • Carlos Velazquez, City of San José Environmental Services Department
      • Geri Wong, Newmark Knight Frank
      • EX-OFFICIO & HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
      • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose
      • Raul Peralez, Council Member District 3
      • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
      • CMG Landscape Architecture
      • ARUP Sound Consulting
      • Future Cities Labs
      • Carsen Consulting
      • Kerry Adams Hapner, Office of Cultural Affairs
      • Hoffman Agency
      • City National Bank
      • Rasteroids Design