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Lyz Luke carved out a name as an “Executive Arts Enabler” with over a decade spent working with a variety of disciplines. Residing in the heart of Oakland, Lyz has presented shows with over 150 musical acts from all over the Bay Area. Luke has learned to appreciate the truly undeniable strength of community among the Bay Area arts. She serves many roles within the Bay Area: Embodiment Project (Managing Director), UnderCover Presents (Producer & Founder), YBCA's CultureBank (Project Manager). Lyz’s performance management, production, and development background are bolstered by extensive experience nonprofit event fundraising, event sponsorship, & PR. She has also worked with the Oakland Symphony, Red Poppy Art House, ArtSpan (SF Open Studios), Second Line Vinyl (Co-Founder), AIDS Walk, The San Francisco Marathon, and others.

Awards & Affiliations: Governor on the SF Board of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) since 2016; YBCA 100 List 2017; East Bay Express "Best of"; SF Weekly's “Best of” (twice); and SF Guardian "Best of"; Grants Panelist for Oakland Cultural Funding Program; 3 Mayoral Proclamations presented at UnderCover shows to Sly & The Family Stone, Green Day and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest; Leadership Oakland Class of 2017; Advisory Board for Living Jazz; regular advocate at Oakland City Council meetings; West Oakland Station Community Advisory Council; B.S. in Economics from St. John’s University; NCAA Championship ring in fencing.


Elizabeth Pickens

grant writer

Elizabeth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project and strategic planning services for clients throughout the US. She earned my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she was based in San Francisco where she served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.  She specializes in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color. She is also the founder of the now-defunct San Francisco Food Adventure Club which gained notoriety for eating a human placenta two ways.