Our Team

Our year-round team, board members, and seasonal staff dedicate themselves to the Foundation’s mission to move our genres, festivals, and community forward for generations to come.


Jay Sweet
Executive Director

Kira Karbocus
Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Capotosto
Chief Creative Officer

Christian McBride
Artistic Director, Newport Jazz

Dan Swain
Director of Development and Programs

Jen Rieber
Event Director

Meg Helsel
Publicity Director

Deb Girard
Director of Ticketing & Administration

Billy Glassner
Partnership Director & Archivist

Allison Pangakis
Operations Manager

John Passaro
Production Manager

Becca Peters
Artist Relations Manager

Leland Baker
Music Education Manager

Clara Maurer
Administrative Assistant


Bruce Gordon*

Nicholas Pell*

Tim Albinson

Patricia Blanchet

Paula Boggs

Dick Cashin*

Nicole Bernard Dawes

Michael Dorf

Steven Gewirz

Vikas Kapoor*

Roger Kass

Jessica Kausen

Patrick Kerins

Jim Lanzone

Anthony Lewis

Ronald MacKenzie, MD

Ron McCray

Larry Miller

Ward Mooney

Jay Sweet

William Vareika*

Past Board Members:

George Wein*
Chairman Emeritus & Founder

Tom Busard
Jerome Chazen*
Leyla Ertegun*
Joshua Feigenbaum*
Elliot Hoffman*
William Lewis, Jr.*
Jonathan Nelson
Deborah Ross*
Bruce Trauner*

* Founding Member


Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the future of our festivals and support musicians and music education programs across the country.