Shaking Things Up Keynote Speakers

Monday March 9: Mount Allen

Director of Operations, SFJAZZ

Mount Allen, SFJAZZ

Mount Allen, SFJAZZ

During the 2012 International Association of Venue Managers Performing Arts Managers Conference in New York City, Mount Allen introduced the concept of non-higher-education performing arts venue participation in research and education networks. Since that introduction, he has worked to integrate advanced networking technology into the arts industry.

Presently, Mount is the Director of Operations for the San Francisco Jazz Organization. He opened the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, which is now a first adopter of research and education network technology in a non-academic arts environment.

Prior to joining SFJAZZ, Mount was on the opening team of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the world’s first venue specifically designed for jazz. Before this appointment, Mount was on the opening team for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the nation’s sixth largest performing arts center.

In recognition of the value of higher education, between the openings of SFJAZZ and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mount worked at Lehigh University as a Director Scheduling, where he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in organization management, and a Master’s degree in educational leadership with a focus on higher education public assembly venue management. He also holds the professional designation of Certified Facilities Executive (CFE).


Tuesday March 10: Catherine J. K. Sandoval

CA Public Utilities Commissioner

Catherine J. K. Sandoval, CPUC

Catherine J. K. Sandoval, CPUC

Catherine J.K. Sandoval, of Campbell, was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission on January 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. She has worked as an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 2004. She previously served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 2001 to 2004.

She was vice president and general counsel with Z-Spanish Media Corporation from 1999 to 2001 and was the director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities for the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 1999. Commissioner Sandoval was an associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson from 1991 to 1994. She earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Master of Letters in political science from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. from Yale.