Meet Our Staff

Everybody Deserves Music Staff 2015-2016

Jenny Goldberg: Founder, Program Director

Jenny Goldberg is the Founder and Program Director of Everybody Deserves Music. Jenny has worked in elementary and middle schools in underserved neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles since 2007 as a teacher’s assistant, classroom teacher, after-school teacher and Mental Health Intern. She holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Race, Ethnicity and Politics from the University of Southern California, and a single subject teaching credential in secondary mathematics from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In the fall of 2014, Jenny  pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California, where she has been developing more skills to help the students we serve on an interpersonal level, as she continues to provide academic and emotional support for the students every day. She is also taking courses that will help Everybody Deserves Music grow on an organizational level as she develops skills necessary for program development, evaluation and funding.

Michael London: Lead Music Instructor

Michael London understands the importance of individualistic expression through sound and music. Seeking a creative outlet, he began teaching himself to play the drums in high school after being inspired at a drum workshop held by Carter Beauford.Michael practiced with the fire of a thousand suns attempting to mimic his favorite drummers like Jon Fishman, Chad Smith, Neil Peart, and John Bonham. In time he developed his chops and found his way into bands which would go on to play at famous venues like CBGB’s and Limelight in NYC. Michael graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and brings his multi-faceted/versatile knowledge to the electronic and acoustic world of music. He is a graduate of Icon Collective and passionate about recording and producing his own music. Michael is excited to share his knowledge and passion for music with tomorrow’s artists and creatives. He hopes to encourage students to enrich themselves, not just in their studies, but in their creative minds. He truly does believe that Everybody Deserves Music and is proud to stand behind that motto.

Lucy Beltran: Lead Academic Tutor & Art Instructor

Lucia “Lucy” Beltran, Lead Academic Tutor/Art Instructor, is a Los Angeles native. She attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Studio Art. As a studio artist Lucy strongly appreciates the performing arts and understands the power it has on the artist. As a first-generation college student and having worked with various Los Angeles based after-school programs since high school, Lucy is highly invested in the benefits and the possibilities that after-school programing can offer the students at LA Leadership Academy. She believes that offering students many opportunities to express their creative drive can benefit their personal and academic growth. Lucy will be creating and implementing a Visual Art curriculum, adding a brand new component to the program! This means that in addition to music, students will be learning drawing, painting, photography, jewelry making, and more. We are very excited for this brand new aspect of our program.

Lupe Arriola: Volunteer Academic Tutor

Guadalupe “Lupe” Arriola is in her second year as a volunteer tutor assisting students in their academic endeavors through the after school program. She recently retired as a business owner in Fort Worth, TX & now resides in L.A. While in college, Lupe worked as a teacher’s aide in the Montebello Unified School District. In addition, two of her three sons studied music from the 6th grade until high school graduation, so she has a strong affinity to assist music students. Lupe received her Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is also bilingual in Spanish.

Ayame Vest: Volunteer Piano Teacher

Ayame Vest intimately understands the importance of music education in public school as it was the only reason she did not drop out. Ayame is a graduate of UC Davis, where she received a B.A. in Music History. She then traveled to the Republic of Tuva, a federal subject of Russia located in Siberia, to study their traditional music including overtone singing, of which her husband is an instructor. She and her husband then worked as English instructors in South Korea while studying traditional Korean music. Since returning to the United States, Ayame works at the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple as a choral arranger and conductor and piano accompanist. She is also the founder and director of the Beginner’s Mind Zen Center Bell Choir.

Angela Chinn: Administrative Assistant

Angela Chinn is in her second year as an administrator for Everybody Deserves Music. She began her involvement with Everybody Deserves Music in 2012 as a volunteer tutor in the after-school program. She now works closely with Program Director, Jenny Goldberg, to strategically align budget priorities and program goals with student and grantor expectations. She is currently a senior at USC pursuing a B.S. in Public Policy and a Minor in Philosophy. Angela holds six years of experience working in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship field, most particularly in the area of at-risk youth empowerment. She is very passionate about the art and the performance of music. Angela’s commitment to Everybody Deserves Music is rooted in her understanding of how music enhances our students’ ability to focus their energy and enables them to express themselves.