Peter Bahouth is a Stereoscopic Photographer and owner of a suite of 3 connected treehouses recently featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, and in numerous magazines and blogs. A trained irritant, Peter is the former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, The Turner Foundation, and the
Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004 and became its executive director in the spring of 2008. Under his stewardship, HeadCount has registered nearly 500,000 and become a leader in harnessing the power of music to drive social change.
Andy was one of the founders of National Voter Registration Day, and conceived the corresponding social media campaign that has involved over 500 musicians and celebrities and generated over one billion social media impressions.
He also helped create “Participation Row,” an activism village where concert attendees have taken over 100,000 socially-conscious actions while raising nearly $1.5 million for various music-industry charities (including over $500,000 generated from the auction of one guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dea). Andy has produced nearly a dozen benefit concerts and live music events, including 2012’s “The Bridge Session,” which paired HeadCount board member Bob Weir with members of The National for the first time.
Prior to creating HeadCount, Andy was best known in the music community as an author of “The Pharmer’s Almanac”, a guide to the band Phish that sold over 70,000 copies. He also worked in sports for more than a decade, as media editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and a vice president at the sports technology company Kangaroo TV.
He splits his time between New York City and a slopeside ski condo in nearby Vernon, NJ.
As Senior Director of Governmental Affairs in the Washington DC office of Greenberg Traurig, Diane has represented the Recording Academy for the past decade. Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill for almost twenty years and served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of a major Congressional Subcommittee and Associate Staff on the House Appropriations Committee. She also served the Chief of Staff to the Chairman and liaison to the Congressional Arts Caucus during a time when funding for the arts was threatened by budget cuts and challenges to the artistic freedoms of the music and arts community.
Additionally, Diane was involved in the planning of the Live Aid concert and worked on such projects as Farm Aid, Live 8, Live Earth, the 9/11 Memorial Concert in Washington DC as well as a number of other events that bring music and advocacy efforts together.
Diane led and participated in official Congressional delegations to Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Europe and participates in workshops for foreign diplomats and legislatures on the U.S. Congress. She also served on various Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional campaigns.
Presently serving as Board of Governor for the Washington DC Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and is Chair of the Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. She also works closely with Musicares and the Grammy Foundation.
A native of Marin County, California, Nicole Boxer is a Peabody and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her work in the film industry includes narrative, feature films, documentary films, documentary series television, and reality television. She holds a B.F.A. in Film, Television and Radio from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Ms. Boxer believes in the unique power of film as an advocacy tool to create social and political change in the world. That belief is the central focus of her directorial debut, HOW I GOT OVER, which explores the transformative power of the arts. Ms. Boxer has been nominated for the International Documentary Association’s HUMANITUS Award for her work on her debut film.
Ms. Boxer’s body of work includes Executive Producer of Oscar nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR, which investigates rape and sexual assault in the military. Boxer has teamed up with the filmmakers again in 2015, this time to investigate campus assault at American Colleges and Universities, on THE HUNTING GROUND, which will mark it’s TV debut on CNN, this fall.
Ms. Boxer was a Producer of the film 14 WOMEN, an inside portrait of the historic women who have reached the highest echelons of power in the U.S. Senate. 14 WOMEN debuted at The AFI/SilverDocs Film Festival in 2007 and was broadcast on The Sundance Channel.
Ms. Boxer’s other feature documentary Producer credits include the films THE PARTY’S NOT OVER, MOJADOS, PLAYGROUND and CLIMATE REFUGEES. Each of those films thoughtfully addresses social issues in need of sustained advocacy, including immigration, sex trafficking, and climate change. Ms. Boxer advocated for those films with Congressional lawmakers, which led to public hearings and changes to related policies.
In the world of television, Ms. Boxer has helped L.A.-based production companies navigate Washington’s politically-charged waters as a Consulting Producer for these Emmy Award Winning shows: JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION and TOP CHEF DC.
Ms. Boxer is the daughter of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and the former sister-in-law of U.S. President Bill Clinton. She sits on the board of Directors for HEADCOUNT.ORG, which registers voters at live music concerts and festivals. She lives with her husband and two sons; one a kindergartener, the other a college student, in Washington, D.C.
Marc Brownstein is the bass player for Camp Bisco, an annual three-day summer music festival that takes place at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA., Electron, and Conspirator. He is also the co-founder of
Marc also serves as the co-chair and co-founder of HeadCount.
Andrew Dreskin is the co-founder and CEO of Ticketfly, a San Francisco-based technology company re-imagining live events.
Andrew was the co-founder, president and CEO of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets on the web. Andrew has had his hands in the music business for many years, as co-founder and producer of the Virgin Mobile Festival, General Manager of Beserkley Records, Director of Marketing at California Concerts, and as the largest shareholder in the Big Easy chain of concert venues, before it was acquired by Knitting Factory Entertainment.
He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, where he is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors including Headcount. He throws a damn good party and can be bothered for amazing music stories anytime.
Andy Gadiel started an internet fan site for the band Phish in the mid-nineties and expanded his musical tastes in 1998 to launch JamBase.com, an online live music community and marketing company.
In addition to HeadCount, he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Rex Foundation, a non-profit grassroots fundraising organization started by The Grateful Dead.
He is always interested in bridging the gap between technology and art by giving people easy access to information about the stuff they love.
Rich Goodstone is the co-founder of Superfly Productions. Superfly is passionately driven by creating and curating culture through experiences and immersive live events and creating award winning campaigns for some of the most recognized brands in the world. Founded in 1996, Superfly’s expertise is building hand crafted cultural experiences with a distinct identity, such as the iconic Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Outside Lands Festival.
Gordon H. Hensley is a corporate communications strategist, writer and content creator specializing in health, tax and budget policy issues. He has 25 years of senior level Capitol Hill, private sector and presidential/statewide campaign experience in DC, and on the ground in over a dozen states. He most recently collaborated on WI Governor Scott Walker’s July, 2015 presidential announcement speech.
Hensley has served as com director for the Natl Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and as com director, speechwriter or consultant for Pres George H.W. Bush; Govs George Pataki (R-NY) , Buddy Roemer (R-LA) and Pete du Pont (R-DE); Sens Bob Corker (R-TN), Al D’Amato (R-NY), Bob Dole (R-KS), Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Gordon Smith (R-OR), Strom Thurmond (R-SC); U.S. Reps. David Dreier (R-CA), Vito Fossella (R-NY), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Helen Bentley (R-MD), Jim Courter (R-NJ), Joe DioGuardi (R-NY); the New York State GOP, California GOP, Natl Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and U.S. Senate Republican Conference.
Following his NRSC work, Hensley founded the bipartisan public affairs firm, Strategic Media Inc. Clients include the American Health Care Assn (AHCA), the City of New York, Texas Health Care Assn (THCA), Edelman, Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, Ketchum, Pennsylvania Health Care Assn (PHCA), Louisiana Nursing Home Assn (LNHA), Ruder-Finn, Schmidt Public Affairs, Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC), American Forest and Paper Assn (AFPA), corporate writer’s groups, former Cabinet-level officials, independent expenditure efforts and industry coalitions, among others.
Hensley has appeared on multiple occasions at the Harvard JFK School, and has been a guest speaker or panelist at the National Press Club, LSU, UT-Austin, Rutgers Univ/Eagleton Inst and National Journal/Hotline.
From Brooklyn NY, Hensley grew up in Chappaqua NY and Boston MA. He studied international economics in Europe intending to attend the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Instead, he found campaigns.
A major fan of the Grateful Dead, Gordon saw 186 shows between 1977 and 1995.
Patrick Jordan is a manager at Red Light Management, one of the most innovative artist management companies in the industry.
He serves as manager for artists including Phish, Trey Anastasio, Ween, Gogol Bordello, Brandi Carlile and the Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx. In addition to this, he handles management duties for Dave Matthews Band and is a talent buyer for Starr Hill Presents.
Ben Levin is a manager at Nettwerk Music Group. He serves as manager for the artists Lucius, Aoife O’Donovan, mix engineer Joe Visciano and co-manages the folk trio, I’m With Her. He spent over a decade at Tony Margherita Management, working on Wilco’s management team.
Jonathan Levine is a Senior Executive Agent at the Paradigm Talent Agency and co-runs Paradigm’s Nashville office. As one of the leading agents in the music industry, JL is known for his boundless passion and commitment to the artists he represents. A recent recipient of the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the International Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, Levine continues to grow and thrive in an ever increasingly competitive agency environment.
With 30 years of experience, all as an artist representative, Jonathan has been privileged to work with many prestigious & legendary bands.
Levine has been with Paradigm for nearly 20 years, 17 of which were spent working in Monterey, California for Monterey Peninsula Artists, which became Paradigm when the agencies merged in 2005. Levine relocated to Nashville with his family in 2012.
Prior to Monterey Peninsula Artists, JL spent 10 years in New York City, 8 of which with the William Morris Agency and 2 years with Artists and Audience Entertainment. Levine is also a partner in the American operations of the UK-based live music collective known as ‘Communion’, which was co-founded by Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons.
Among JL’s charitable efforts and associations, he serves on the Board for the Unbroken Chain Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by Grateful Dead’s founding member Phil Lesh, as well as the Board for the Head Count Organization, and the Board of Directors for the Americana Music Association. JL is also the Honorary Music Chair for The Creative Coalition. Levine married his college sweetheart Tracey Tucker in 1985 and has four children.
David Margulies is the co-producer of High Sierra Music Festival, a multi-day music festival held in Quincy, California. In 2015, the festival celebrated it’s 25th year anniversary.
Mastromonaco worked as the Director of Scheduling for Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, and before that was Press Secretary for Congressman Rick Boucher of Virginia. She has worked for President Obama since February 2005, when she first joined Obama’s United States Senate office as Director of Scheduling. After that, Mastromonaco was named the Political Director for Obama’s Political Action Committee, Hopefund, during the 2006 midterm elections. Mastromonaco served as Director of Scheduling and Advance for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign beginning at his announcement in February 2007.
On November 25, 2008, Mastromonaco was appointed Director of Scheduling and Advance in the administration of President Barack Obama. In 2011, she was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. In January 2015 she began work at Vice Media, the news and entertainment group as its chief operating officer.
John McCrea is an American singer and musician. He is a founding member of the band CAKE. He is the vocalist and primary lyricist for the band, in addition to playing rhythm acoustic guitar, vibraslap, and piano. He also programs drums and does mixing work while he and the rest of the band have produced all of their albums.
McCrea is a vocal activist for various causes, notably global warming, world poverty, and he also serves on the Board of Directors at HeadCount.
Elizabeth Moncreif is a senior member of the business affairs and legal team at Kobalt Music Group, where she negotiates contracts for some of today’s biggest songwriters and artists. Prior to joining Kobalt, Lizzie served as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at Verse Music Group, where she licensed and administered a large library of iconic music catalogs including Salsoul Records and Bethlehem Records. Lizzie has spent her career focusing on artist advocacy and preservation within the evolving music industry.
Hailing from Denver, CO, Lizzie spent her formative years building an aggressive collection of tickets from her favorite home venues, The Ogden Theater and Red Rocks Amphitheater. She then attended the University of the Pacific before moving to New York to get Masters and Law degrees at Fordham University.
Lizzie started volunteering with HeadCount because it allowed her to combine her love of live music with her passion for social change. She became a Team Leader in July 2017 and is the first volunteer that’s been asked to join the organization’s Board of Directors.
Nadia Prescher is one of the founders of Madison House Inc. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Madison House provides management and booking services for an eclectic roster since 1996. Madison House has been nominated for the The Pollstar Concert Industry Award of 2015 Independent Booking Agency of the Year.
Peter Rouse is a Senior Policy Advisor at Perkins Coie LLP. Pete Rouse served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from 2011-2014 and earlier was White House Chief of Staff. As senior policy advisor and co-leader of the Public and Strategic Affairs Group, he provides policy analysis and offers strategic advice on navigating Congress and the executive branch. Pete counsels senior level executives on federal and state policy issues and related public communication challenges.
Known as the “101st Senator” for his extensive knowledge of the United States Senate, Pete served as Chief of Staff to members of Congress for more than 30 years. He was Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota for 19 years. He also served as Chief of Staff to then Representative Dick Durbin of Illinois (1984-85), Rep. Berkley Bedell (1977-79) and Lt. Governor Terry Miller of Alaska (1979-83).
Stefani Scamardo is the founder of Hard Head Management and Evil Teen Records, whose roster boasts the likes of Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Soulive, The Revivalists, and The Marcus King Band. Among the many hats she wears, Stefani hosts her own SiriusXM show, “Jam On With Stefani Scamardo,” co-partners the acclaimed festival Mountain Jam, now in its 11th year, and has been the executive producer for Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes.
When he’s not dancing to live Grateful Dead albums with his daughters and dreaming of a Jets Super Bowl victory, Jonathan Schwartz helps you jam through your afternoons on Sirius XM Jam On. As the resident Phish-head, Jon also plays a full set of live Phish each weeknight during Gone Phishin’.
Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic and singular career path encompasses a range of passion projects. Along with such celebrated venues asBrooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl London, The Capitol Theatre, Wetlands Preserve and The Slipper Room. He is the founder of Lockn’, a 4 day camping and music festival, as well as Jazz & Colors, an experiential music event encompassing the 843 acres of Central Park, Jazz & Colors at The Met, featuring jazz music throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jazz & Colors: Wave That Flag, celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead at The Field Museum in Chicago. His acclaimed endeavors include the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the Jammys awards show, America’s Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival, 3D technology company 3ality Digital. He serves as publisher of Relix Magazine, which also owns the popular website, Jambands.com along with digital ad agency Hear & There. His retail initiatives include The Hoodie Shop and Stone Fox Bride.
In 2014, Peter Shapiro entered into a unique exclusive performance deal with Phil Lesh, ensuring that the Grateful Dead co-founder would focus on Shapiro’s venues and events. He also partnered with the family of Jerry Garcia to open Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, a music venue in the late performer’s honor. He is the producer of Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA and Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Shapiro is a member of the Arts Committee of the City Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors, a co-founder of the environmental consulting firm, GreenOrder, and a board member of Headcount, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum, The LowLine and New York Public Radio.
Stephen H. Simon, is a co-founder of Simon Equity Partners and has been a managing member since January 2007. From February 1997 to December 2006, Mr. Simon served as president and chief executive officer of Melvin Simon & Associates, Inc., a privately-held real estate and investment company.
Mr. Simon serves on the board of directors of the Pacers Basketball Corporation, Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, Yes To, Inc., and Coalision. Mr. Simon is a director for the Herbert Simon Family Foundation and serves on the boards of the following non-profit organizations – Conscious Alliance, Simon Youth Foundation and HeadCount. Mr. Simon holds a degree in General Studies with a concentration in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University.
Ami Spischock is the worldwide manager for artists including Grizzly Bear, The War on Drugs, and Beirut. She is founder and co-owner of
Don Strasburg is the VP and senior talent buyer for AEG Live Rocky Mountains. Strasburg got his start promoting concerts when he brought Phish to perform at Earth Day at Colorado College in 1991. He later opened the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO and then became the state’s most renowned concert promoter. Strasburg is the force behind the scenes for many concerts at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Phish’s annual visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Jessy Tolkan is one of the leading voices in the environmental and clean energy movement. Currently she works with Here and Now, a global campaign to combat climate change. Prior to that she had senior level leadership positions with the Working Families Party and Citizen Engagement Lab. In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the “100 Agents of Change in America”.
Bob Weir is one of the founding member of the Grateful Dead. Most recently, he is on the road with Dead & Company – a band including Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge & Jeff Chimenti.
In July, Weir performed in Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead – a series of concerts which were performed by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead: Bob Weir,Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead.
Stephen Yalof is the CEO of Simon Premium Outlets the world’s largest developer of factory outlet shopping centers. Prior to joining Simon he served as the SVP of Real Estate for Polo Ralph Lauren and The Gap. Yalof Joined the Board of HeadCount in 2010 and has been an active part of their fundraising efforts. In addition to HeadCount Yalof sits on the advisory board of Farm Aid and The George Washington University, his alma mater.