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 Favro
Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Capotosto
Chief Creative Officer

Christian McBride
Artistic Director, Newport Jazz

Dan Swain
Foundation & Development Manager

Meg Helsel
Publicity Director

Deborah Ross
Director of Education

Deb Girard
Director of Ticketing & Administration

Billy Glassner
Partnership Director & Archivist

Allison Pangakis
Operations Manager

John Passaro
Production Manager

Becca Peters
Production Coordinator

Maggie Haesler
Office Manager


George Wein*

Bruce Gordon*

Nicholas Pell*

Tim Albinson
David Berger
Patricia Blanchet
Tom Busard
Dick Cashin*
Jerome Chazen*
Nicole Bernard Dawes
Michael Dorf
Leyla Ertegun*
Steven Gewirz
Vikas Kapoor*
Roger Kass
Jessica Kausen
Jim Lanzone
Ronald MacKenzie, MD
Ron McCray
Larry Miller
Ward Mooney
Jonathan Nelson
Jay Sweet
William Vareika*

Past Founding Board Members:
Joshua Feigenbaum*
Elliot Hoffman*
William Lewis, Jr.*
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.