Tell me and I forget.

Show me and I remember.

Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

Who We Are section

When you love what you do it’s contagious.

A lean, tight-knit group of Artist/Administrators comprise our staff; all of whom focus on resources going straight to the kids. Some of whom have given decades to SFArtsED. Each member has an eye on our mission. They are dedicated to the arts and every day are fortunate to see tangible results through the participatory nature of our programs.

Complimentary artistic, administrative and nonprofit backgrounds are characteristic of their collective gifts, creating an exceptionally bright and creative environment for work and play, for administrators and our students.

SFArtsED Staff Profiles

Chad S. Jones > Executive Director, since 2015

Prior to joining the San Francisco Arts Education Project in 2010 as Director of Development and Communication, Chad Jones worked in development with the French-American International School and in marketing with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jones spent more than a decade as a theater critic and features writer with the Bay Area News Group, a chain of daily newspapers that includes the Oakland Tribune, the Tri-Valley Herald, the San Mateo County Times, the Marin Independent Journal, the Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News. Jones is a fifth-generation Nevadan and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a long-time member of the American Theatre Critics Association and has served for more than a decade on the Glickman committee, which awards a cash prize for the best play to debut in the Bay Area. For three years he was the San Francisco correspondent for the London-based magazine Plays International. As a freelance entertainment and features writer, his has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired magazine, American Theatre magazine, Theatre Bay Area magazine, the Sacramento Bee, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Nob Hill Gazette. He writes about theater at TheaterDogs.net.    

Emily Keeler > Artistic Director, since 1985

Ms. Keeler has worked primarily in the Bay Area as a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate since 1975. She was both a dancer and resident choreographer for the San Francisco Moving Company for eight years and a principal dancer for Cliff Keuter's New Dance Company and Joe Goode Performance Group. Ms Keeler has choreographed for numerous companies, both modern and ballet, including Joffery Dancers, Oakland Ballet and DanceArt and has been a movement consultant and choreographer for American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, George Coates Performance Works, Pickle Family Circus, Make*a*Circus, Z Space and Choral Chameleon in New York City. Ms. Keeler has been a resident artist and lecturer at DeAnza College, Mills College, San Francisco State and at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. She is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships and has been a judge at both the Colorado Dance Festival and the American College Dance Festival.

Ms. Keeler served for three years as the dance member of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is currently an MFA student at San Francisco State in Creative Writing. She has been the artistic director of SFArtsED for 26 years. She respectfully thanks her teachers Roberta Humphrey, John Wilson, Aaron Osbourn, Margaret Jenkins, Alonzo King, Yehuda Maor, Kahz Zamuda, John Lasky and Cooley Windsor.

Camille Olivier-Salmon > Program Director, since 1985

Ms. Olivier-Salmon is the founder and acting Artistic Director of Brisbane Dance Workshop. She has taught children's dance and produced children’s productions for over 25 years. Camille received a Bachelor of Arts in Choreographic Design and was an American Dance Festival and National Dance Guild scholarship recipient. She has studied and performed professionally in New York City, Louisiana and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with SFArtsED since 1985: first as an Artist-In-Residence in the schools, as choreographer for the Event of the Year, and presently as Program Director. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Brisbane School District for twelve years and co-chair of SF Arts Providers Alliance for three years.

Kathleen Moore > Administrative Coordinator, since 1994

Ms. Moore joined the SFArtsED staff in 1994. She has a BA in Physical Education with a Dance Emphasis from San Francisco State University and spent many years in retail management, garnering numerous national awards for excellence in the process before returning to the arts. She was a founding member of Oblong Rhonda Dance Theater and TRANSIT Dance Company. Other experience includes wardrobe/costuming work for Lenwood Sloan’s Jubilee Minstrels and various dance companies. She has taught creative movement and dance to senior citizens in the Tenderloin community. She is a past executive board member of Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians and The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center.