Gisela Flanigan (DMA in Music Performance, University of North Texas) serves as Executive Director for both the El Sistema-inspired MusicSpark and Sistema Global. Deeply committed to social change, she is also a Certified Colorado Change Leader, a member of the International Music Education Policy Group and has given presentations for Sphinx Connect, the College Music Society and the Music, Business, and Peace Summit at Indiana University. Gisela is a University of Miami and University of North Texas graduate, and has taught at Drake University, Grinnell College, the Barry Tuckwell Institute, and presently at Colorado Mesa University. She has reviewed grants for the NEA, and CCI. Gisela brings her comprehensive teaching background to the classroom in the Arts and Culture Management program.