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Carla Contreras Cabrera

Community Outreach Coordinator

A proud Chicana and Los Ángeles Native, Carla was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. While in college, Carla co-founded the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence at Humboldt State University, an organization committed to the advancement of underrepresented students through the development of academic, personal, and professional skills. She also organized events with Latino Outdoors to empower underserved communities to strengthen their cultural connection to outdoor spaces.

After graduating from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Sustainable Business, she immediately moved back to Los Angeles, to continue her work in community outreach and advocacy. Most recently, Carla was an Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Housing Rights Center, the nation’s largest civil rights organization focused on promoting and securing Fair Housing. As the Community Outreach Coordinator for Levitt LA, Carla acts as a liaison with local Neighborhood Councils and other community engagement groups. Carla is a firm believer that music has the power to eliminate borders, empower  communities, and unite people from all over the world. You can find Carla hiking the hills of Los Angeles while listening to hip hop, Spanish reggae, cumbia and all genres of house music.

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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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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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