Fil 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.
Dan Lachman, vice chair, brings more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits to the board. He is a true believer in the power of live music, and regularly attending concerts and shows is a big part of his life. San Jose needs a permanent outdoor music venue, and the Levitt Pavilion in St. James Park will be an incredible asset to the city and county.
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. Laura brings a passion for creating opportunities for community engagement and connection, as well as her knowledge of logistics, operations & planning to assure the vision of Levitt Pavilion San Jose is realized and embraced. Laura is a Naglee Park resident and has lived downtown since attending SJSU.
Michelle Dreyband, board secretary, believes that Levitt Pavilion will transform an already beautiful park into a vibrant space the entire community can enjoy. As a lifelong resident of San Jose, and a recent resident of the Hensley neighborhood adjacent to St. James park, she is ready to see this project through to fruition. When she isn’t volunteering for Levitt, Michelle is a full-time fundraiser. She has raised millions for nonprofits including Digital Promise, The Tech Interactive, and now The Computer History Museum. At SJSU Michelle majored in music, and is still an active musician. She hopes that Levitt San Jose will help more people experience the rejuvenating power of music.
- BOARD MEMBERS
- Rick Holden
- Fil Maresca, Filco Events
- Jenn Protas, Hoge Fenton
- Laura Wolford
- Tommy Aguilar, Universal Grammar
- Melissa Durkin, Republic Urban Properties
- Michelle Dreyband, The Tech Interactive
- Brian Grayson
- Scott Hartman
- Katie Hoch, Buckingham Strategic Partners
- Dan Lachman, Community Activist
- Michael McDermand
- Sally Schroeder
- Geri Wong, Newmark Knight Frank
- Michael Brilliot
- Emma Lloyd, Hoge Fento
- Drew Berkett
- 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