Staff

Aurora Anaya-Cerda

Director of Community Relations & Outreach

Aurora is passionate about the arts and their ability to activate public spaces to develop stronger communities. As Levitt LA’s Director of Community Relations & Outreach, she manages community engagement and partnerships, including the Community Advisory Council. Her previous work has been as an educator in East Los Angeles, curator at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, and program manager at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. In 2008, Aurora founded La Casa Azul Bookstore, a platform to feature writers and artists of color. She brings more than 15 years of experience in outreach, audience engagement and programming, with an emphasis on creating and supporting spaces that foster the visual, literary and performing arts in underserved neighborhoods. Her favorite genres of music are Cumbia, Salsa and Norteño.

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Matthew Himes

Director of Programming & Production

With years of experience in the Southern California arts scene, along with booking international and local talent across jazz, rock, Latin music and more, Matthew curates the stellar lineup of 50 free concerts as Levitt LA’s Director of Programming & Production. Before joining Levitt, he was also festival director at Eagle Rock Music Festival, production manager at Spaceland Presents, and has produced events for festivals like Desert Daze, Cloak & Dagger, Echo Park Rising and KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. He has also served as live audio engineer for artists like Vince Staples, The Lemonheads, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. In addition, Matthew was a co-founder of L.A. Fort, a cooperative artistic space that encourages collaboration between diverse artists. He loves listening to shoegaze, Afrobeat and Tropicália music, among other genres.

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Amorette Crespo

Community Outreach Coordinator

A Los Ángeles native, Amorette graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies. She began her career in Programs & Community Outreach at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and the Skirball Cultural Center as Programs Associate. Amorette also serves on the advisory board of directors for Justice for My Sister Collective, which works to promote healthy relationships among local youth through community education workshops and outreach. She is a member of Women of Color in the Arts and is an Arts for LA Activate Fellow. As Community Outreach Coordinator, Amorette acts as a liaison with local Neighborhood Councils and other community engagement groups. She maintains partnerships and collaborations with community stakeholders and can be found dancing salsa all summer long. Amorette is a passionate music and culture lover, focused on building community in creative ways while also raising a happy, healthy, independent daughter. Her favorite music to dance to are salsa, bachata and cumbia.

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Oliver DelGado

Director of Marketing & Communications

As Director of Marketing & Communications, Oliver cultivates the branding and media landscape for Levitt Pavillion Los Angeles. Oliver’s repertoire spans an array of communications industries including corporate entertainment, city government and non-profit. Previous roles include: Communications & External Affairs Director at Para Los Niños (For the Children), a long-standing Skid Row organization; Communications Specialist for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, helping manage the city’s global brand via innovative campaigns boosting municipal services (Metro, Rec & Parks, etc) and homeland security policies. Prior to his close work with Mayor Garcetti, Oliver held roles with then Councilmember Garcetti’s 13th Council District and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In 2016, Mayor Garcetti appointed Oliver to the Central Area Planning Commission, a board overseeing urban land-use and real estate development in DTLA, Greater Wilshire and Hollywood. Additionally, he serves on the Arturo Sandoval Institute Board, an organization founded by jazz legend, Arturo Sandoval, bridging the access gap in music education. Born and raised in LA, Oliver attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied journalism and mass communication. His role with Levitt is amalgamation of his passion for music entertainment and all things LA.

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Heidi Snyder

Venue Manager

As Venue Manager, Heidi brings an extensive background in events and operations and simultaneously serves as the Director of Operations for the national Levitt Foundation. Previously, Heidi worked at AEG/STAPLES Center, Warner Music Group, and has held several roles at the Genius Loci Music Festival in Baja Norte, Mexico – including festival operations, production, and artist relations. Major events worked include the GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, ESPY Awards, NBA Championships, the Grand Opening of L.A. LIVE, and numerous record-breaking concerts.

Heidi is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and currently sits on IAVM’s Amphitheaters & Fairgrounds Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Venue Safety and Security Committee. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Heidi’s love for music started with L.A.’s punk rock scene and later grew to include hip hop, salsa, and house music. You can find her on the Levitt lawn sporting one of her many cat shirts.

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