Stacey Hoffman — Executive Director, Living Jazz
Stacey Hoffman has been the Executive Director of Living Jazz since 1985. She came to the position with an extensive background in music, dance and fine arts, along with 7 years of experience in business management. She co-founded the organization originally to help save a faltering summer music program, Jazz Camp West from extinction, and has gone on to design and launch several Bay Area music programs, many of which have become Bay Area treasures. She has produced Jazz Camp West since 1984, co-founded the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 1986; the Fall and Spring Music Series in 1988; RhythmVoice in 1990; and Jazz Camp Weekend in 1991. She created the Oakland Jazz Choir in 1992, “In the Name Of Love”, The Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2001; The Living Jazz Children’s Project in 2005, and Jam Camp West, a music camp for 10-15 year olds, in 2007. Through her love of the arts, commitment to Living Jazz and dedication to her work, Ms. Hoffman has been responsible for bringing literally thousands of people together, fostering a sense of inspiration and community within the Bay Area’s jazz scene.
Deborah Knapp — Co-Producer
In addition to her lifelong passion for the natural world, Deborah brings with her diverse experience gained from more than 20 years as an environmental law attorney and mediator, 6 years in the non-profit sector, and countless years as a volunteer community organizer and environmental advocate. In 2003, Deborah left her law practice to become the first manager of the Anza-Borrego Institute, the education/research arm of the award winning Anza-Borrego Foundation, a land trust dedicated to preserving the southern California deserts. During her tenure, she developed programs that were “hands on” and personal, combining education, research and community to build sustainable and meaningful stewardship by reconnecting humans with the land itself. Currently, Deborah is the Executive Director of Wild Gift, a Sun Valley Idaho based nonprofit whose mission is to support leading young social entrepreneurs in their quest to develop innovative solutions for today’s global challenges. Deborah’s other “love” has been connecting children with nature and she continues to co-produce Jam Camp West, an annual outdoor music camp held in the spectacular coastal redwood forests of California for kids from diverse racial, economic and musical backgrounds. She is an avid photographer, hiker, gardener, certified naturalist, active member of the Colorado Desert Paleontology Society and devout believer that the future is dependent on our reawakening to the transformative power of the natural world.
Page Hodel — Operations Manager
For over 30 years, Bay Area native Page Hodel has enjoyed phenomenal success as a radio/nightclub DJ, club promoter and event producer, establishing her as a world-renowned institution in the music industry. Her nightclubs “the BOX” and “club Q” two of San Francisco’s premier dance clubs in the 80’s and 90’s went on to be celebrated as two of the longest running weekly dance clubs in San Francisco’s history. Her mixes were heard live on many Bay Area radio stations including KSOL, LIVE 105 and KMEL. She was a reporter for Billboard Magazine for 16 years and the dance stage manager at San Francisco’s largest street fair for 8 years. Although still a DJ by night, Page is now Operations Manager at Living Jazz drawing from decades of experience with her own production company “One Groove Productions” and a software start-up called ePropose. She has expansive background in all areas of production and operations with particular emphasis working with Bay Area music organizations.