Meet Our Team

John Coco
Founding Board Member
President

John is a seasoned food and beverage operations director with 15 years of experience in the Washington, DC hospitality industry. He brings the expertise gained from managing award-winning wine programs at Star Restaurant Group’s flagship restaurant, Zola, and the acclaimed Mie N Yu in Georgetown. He also served as Wine Director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and most recently, was the brains behind the wine and beverage programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During his 4-year tenure at the Kennedy Center, he worked hand in hand with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington National Opera, The Washington Ballet, and the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative to create innovative and custom-tailored catering events that showcased one-of-a-kind cocktail creations and culinary tastings.  

 

Briana Millage
Founding Board Member
Treasurer

Briana is a passionate arts manager and fundraiser with nearly 8 years of experience in corporate sponsorships, partnership marketing, and brand alignment to support DC’s creative community. She currently works in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Advancement as Assistant Director of Corporate Relations. Her previous posts include Destination DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. A self-professed “culture vulture” and locavore, Briana is an active member of DC’s nonprofit and cultural communities. She was a Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for EALDC and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Metro Events Specialists, and the Young Nonprofit Leadership Network. Originally from Houston, Briana holds a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music from Boston University. 

 
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Stephanie Johnson
Board Member at Large
Secretary

In love with the arts since childhood, Stephanie studied piano, ballet, and French horn before finding her passion in arts management. She is a major gifts officer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and has held previous positions at Washington Performing Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore, and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to her Board service with Gourmet Symphony, she is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the DC Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a former Co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders DC. Stephanie holds an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, an MBA from the UC Lindner College of Business, and a BM in Music Performance from Florida State University.

 

Elena Forbes
Board Member at Large


Elena Forbes an arts manager and fundraiser with specialized experience in grant-writing and managing seven-figure portfolios of foundation, corporate, and government grants. Currently, she is the Grant Writer and Institutional Giving Manager for The Ellington Fund, the nonprofit entity that supports fine arts-related education and activities at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Over the past 7 years, she has held development positions with the Folger Shakespeare Library, GALA Hispanic Theatre, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Additionally, Elena has served on the Steering Committee for the Emerging Arts Leaders of DC (EALDC), is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association, and often acts as a Grant Advisory Panelist for multiple local and national grant makers. Elena also served on the Gourmet Symphony staff for several years prior to her election to the Board of Directors, most recently as the organization's Program Administrator. Elena holds a M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from The Catholic University of America. She maintains a small profile as a freelance clarinetist and serves as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards.

 
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Molly Jackson
Program Assistant

Molly is a graduate student at George Mason University where she is working towards completing her MA in Arts Management. For the past 4 years, Molly has worked as an Instrumental Music Teacher in Arlington, Virginia, teaching beginning band and orchestra to roughly 200 students at multiple schools. Aside from teaching and graduate classes, Molly spends her time playing the violin with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) and other ensembles in the DC/VA area. She is thrilled to be joining the Gourmet Symphony team and looks forward to learning the inner workings of arts nonprofit management.   

 

John Devlin
Founding Advisory Board Member
Conductor

John Devlin is the newly-appointed Music Director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony and the Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Institute. Previously, John served as Artistic Director of Gourmet Symphony, Cover Conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Of his recent debut with the NSO, Anne Midgette of The Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair…and was visibly in his element.” John's mission as a conductor is to deliver concerts that frame orchestral music in new and innovative ways. His artistic leadership has inspired many forward-thinking concepts, including Gourmet Symphony, Go-Go Symphony, Seamless Symphony, Interactive Symphony, and the New Retro Project. The Washington Post has hailed these projects as “refreshingly unfamiliar” events that deliver “a new audience for classical music,” and have brought “the sold-out house to its feet, cheering.” John graduated with a Master’s and a Doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland, where he studied with James Ross. His undergraduate degree is from Emory University, where he graduated with a double major in Music and Latin. His other conducting mentors include Christoph Eschenbach and Rossen Milanov.

 

Camille Cintrón Devlin
Founding Advisory Board Member

Camille currently serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She previously held the positions of: Press Representative for the Kennedy Center, Public Relations Manager at Wolf Trap Foundation, and Public Relations and Marketing Manager at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Camille earned a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2009. While in Boston, she had the opportunity to work in the marketing departments of various performing arts organizations, including the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Newton Cultural Alliance, Project STEP, and Opera Boston. She also interned with the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. In addition to her career as a communications professional, Camille remains active as a freelance oboist. She holds degrees in Music Performance from the University of Akron and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

 
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Jauvon Gilliam
Advisory Board Member

Jauvon Gilliam has been principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and of the All-Star Orchestra—a made-for-PBS group comprised of players from orchestras across the United States—since its inception in 2012. He has previously performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, he has taught clinics at universities and institutions across Canada and the United States. He is currently Co-Director of Percussion Studies/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, co-founder of the annual Washburgh Timpani Seminar, and a timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Jauvon also owns Capitol Percussion, a Washington, DC-based instrument/backline rental company that serves many of the major performance venues throughout the DMV.

 
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Janelle Mancuso
Advisory Board Membe
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With just under 20 years of professional experience collaborating among mental health, human service and criminal justice organizations, Janelle serves adults and youth experiencing mental illness, addiction and homelessness. She is a licensed clinical social worker and currently works as a psychotherapist at So Others Might Eat (SOME) in Northwest, DC. Janelle’s clinical approach recognizes the indisputable link between mind and body and its connection to overall health. She is certified in basic EMDR and practices trauma informed care and motivational interviewing; she also provides clinical supervision for social work interns at SOME’s mental health day program, Isaiah House. Janelle’s clinical approach recognizes the significance of mutual aid by developing and facilitating therapeutic and experiential support groups. 

 
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Andrew Markert
Advisory Board Member

Known for cooking with an edge and attitude all his own, Chef Drew brings a new energy to fine dining. A Baltimore native, he graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island before returning to the DMV. Drew brought his talents to many critically acclaimed DC-area restaurants, including Citronelle, Notti Bianche, Vermilion, and Tallula before assuming the role of Chef de Cuisine at Hook and PS7s. His focus on sustainable product and his refined creativity continue to inspire the mission of Beuchert’s Saloon: serving playful, flavor-rich cuisine deeply rooted in our community. In his free time, Chef Drew bikes around the city and volunteers with local philanthropic organizations dedicated to enriching the District. He is currently involved with the Share Our Strength campaign, the Human Rights Campaign, and Gourmet Symphony.

 

Jennifer Netburn
Legal Counsel

Jennifer Netburn is currently the Housing Initiative Attorney at the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. In this role, she coordinates the Center's participation in the DC Right to Housing Initiative and helps staff the Landlord Tenant Resource Center and the Saturday Advice & Referral Clinic. Previously, she worked at the DC Tenants' Rights Center, where she provided a variety of low-cost legal services to tenants in disputes with their landlords. Jennifer also has worked as: a staff attorney for DC Law Students In Court; a law clerk for Legal Counsel for the Elderly and the Legal Aid Society; a trainer at Housing Counseling Services; and on disability cases at Bread for the City.