Staff

 

Steven P. Haines
Executive Director 
Season Number: 8
Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Email shaines@sterngrove.org

As the Festival’s Executive Director, Steven is responsible for maintaining the organization’s mission, working closely with the board of directors and staff. He is frequently seen at City Hall or meeting with the Bay Area’s top corporate and philanthropic leaders. One of his main roles is to ensure that Stern Grove Festival is funded and supported by the entire community; Steven’s goal is to make sure everyone is a fan of the Festival! In addition to promoting Stern Grove Festival, he serves on the board of San Francisco Travel Association. On the weekends when he’s not at the Grove, you can find him enjoying music and live performances, exploring the beauty of the Bay Area, or flipping his signature bleu cheese burgers on his barbecue grill.

 

  Steven Haines 

Joey Babbitt
Community Affairs Manager
Season Number: 5
Hometown: Arcata, CA

Email jbabbitt@sterngrove.org

Stern Grove Festival’s Community Affairs Manager, Joey Babbitt, is the organization’s liaison with its Board of Directors, government agencies and politicians, neighborhood groups, and volunteers; she also serves as the office administrator (our very own Joan Holloway). Joey studied Music History and Geography at UCLA, and journeyed up the coast to settle in San Francisco in 2010. Joey is a huge fan of live music, and when she’s not speeding around the Grove on Sundays, attending Board of Supervisor meetings, or wrestling with uncooperative office equipment, you can usually find her at a concert, volunteering at the Fox Theatre, cooking with her roommates, or enjoying sunny days at Duboce Park.

 

   Joey Babbitt

Merylee Smith Bingham
Accountant
Season Number: 4
Hometown: Laramie, Wyoming

Email accounting@sterngrove.org

Merylee provides Stern Grove Festival with accounting and HR services. She has more than 30 years experience with San Francisco nonprofits, from schools to foundations. She fondly remembers years of lazing on the grass at the Grove with her husband and young sons to listen to concerts. They still enjoy gathering there each new season. When not at the Festival's offices, you can find Merylee in her garden, walking or biking the city streets, or renovating her 150-year-old home.

 

   Merylee Smith Bingham

Lauren Davidson
Grant Writer
Season Number: 1
Hometown: Boston, MA

Email ldavidson@sterngrove.org

As the Stern Grove Festival Association’s Grant Writer, Lauren is responsible for securing funding from the Festival’s foundation and government supporters.  She researches funding opportunities, writes proposals, crafts reports, and helps in the strategic planning of new initiatives.  Lauren attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Holding a degree in Theatre, she is ever thankful for spellcheck and The Chicago Manual of Style.  An arts geek, Lauren has over a decade’s experience in all areas of fundraising for the Bay Area’s vibrant nonprofit arts field.  Lauren is also a certified massage therapist and yoga teacher, and proud new mama to her son, Atticus.

 

   Lauren Davidson

Mary Goree
Festival Administrator
Season Number: 3
Hometown: Oakland, CA

Email operations@sterngrove.org

As Festival Administrator, Mary Goree oversees Stern Grove Festival concert operations, production, and front of house staff during the summer season. With a passion for music, live events and 20 years experience in the music industry that began with Bill Graham Presents, Mary makes sure all Stern Grove Festival events are an enjoyable experience for patrons, artists, and staff. When she's not at the Stern Grove Festival office or taking care of business on concert Sundays, you can find Mary assisting a phenomenal roster of artists at Leafy Green Booking, or nurturing her creative side at Suite Treatments. Mary loves experiencing and supporting the amazingly creative local music and arts community, and most evenings, you can find her enjoying a performance at one of the Bay Area's many incredible live music venues.

 

   Mary Goree

Joseph Lafond
Operations Manager
Season Number: 3
Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts

Email jlafond@sterngrove.org

As Operations Manager for the Festival, Joseph is responsible for the smooth flow and functionality of the concerts. With an arts influence from his violinist mother and a business sense from his father he has honed his skills of creativity and organization to allow musicians, artists, and fans the time to do what they do best, create and enjoy wonderful art! Joseph is finishing a degree in Cinema Production at San Francisco State University. He hopes to create a special major that will lay the foundation for a co-operative media production company. To eliminate all free time he keeps busy tending an organic vegetable garden, rides his bike EVERYWHERE, and goes backpacking in the Sierras with friends.

 

   Joseph Lafond

Amy Haltom
Outreach and Education Manager
Season Number: 1
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Email ahaltom@sterngrove.org

Amy Haltom manages the Festival’s Education and Outreach programs, including Kids Days, KidStage, Kids Camps, and Grove on the Road events. Amy brings 20 years of music education experience to her position at the Festival. Having grown up in New Mexico and studied and lived in Texas, New York City, Colorado, and Arizona, she settled in the Bay Area 11 years ago. She became a fan of Stern Grove Festival in 2010 after seeing Maceo Parker perform. In addition to her duties with the Festival, Amy is the lead violin teacher and String Coordinator for the Sound Minds program in San Pablo, which provides low-income elementary school children with orchestral instrument training. She also maintains a studio of violin and viola students and frequently performs in orchestras throughout the Bay Area. When she is not immersed in planning, teaching, and performing, Amy enjoys cooking, sampling California’s hoppiest beers, and spending time outdoors enjoying the wonderful Mediterranean climate of the Bay Area.

 

   Amy Haltom

Judy Tsang
Director of Programming
Season Number: 14
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Email jtsang@sterngrove.org

Judy Tsang is the Director of Programming at Stern Grove Festival. Judy can be found listening to music, traveling the globe looking for new artists to book at the Festival, and working on the nitty-gritty details of bringing artists to Stern Grove Festival. She’s a native San Franciscan, a child of immigrant parents, and has memories as a kid of watching concerts on the hillside at Stern Grove with her family. When she’s not behind the pile of CDs on her desk, she likes watching Bollywood films and sampling all the great food that San Francisco has to offer.

 

   Judy Tsang

Monica Ware
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Season Number: 15
Hometown: Pacifica, CA

Email mware@sterngrove.org

As Stern Grove Festival’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Monica develops the organization’s annual marketing campaign, wrangles copy and multimedia, collaborates with web developers, designers, illustrators, and media sponsors, and bakes a mean blackberry pie. Monica grew up in Pacifica and has fond memories of attending Stern Grove Festival performances with her family. Now a resident of Alameda, Monica is thrilled to share the Festival experience with her husband and two young daughters. When not working, you can find Monica chasing her daughters around to convince them that brushing their teeth isn’t really that big a deal.

 

   Monica Ware

Jessica Zeidman
Director of Development
Season Number: 5
Hometown: Los Angeles,  CA

Email jzeidman@sterngrove.org

As Director of Development for Stern Grove Festival, Jessica is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s fundraising, working closely with major donors, institutional funders, and the board of directors and staff to raise the more than $2 million dollars it takes to present the Festival every year. A diehard Lakers fan, Jessica headed north to Chico State for her B.A. and received her masters from S.F. State. Jessica experienced the Festival for the first time in 2006, enjoying Aimee Mann and Seu Jorge from her perch high on the hill, and fell in love with the Festival. When not researching prospects for the Festival, Jessica enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s music scene, sporting events, breweries and wineries, and farmers markets.

   Jessica Zeidman