THE WOLFBROWN TEAM

We see the world in different ways and strive to bring a multiplicity of perspectives to every project. WolfBrown is a cross-disciplinary team of full-time professional consultants with specialized skills and experience in program design, strategic planning, market research, evaluation, leadership development, pedagogy, and youth development. Read more about the current work of our team members, collaborators, and interns.

Alan Brown

Managing Principal

Alan Brown, Managing Principal of WolfBrown, is a leading researcher and management consultant in the arts and culture sector worldwide. His work focuses on understanding consumer demand for  >>

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf

Principal Researcher

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal Researcher at WolfBrown, is one of the leading arts education researchers and evaluators in the United States. She holds a doctorate from Harvard  >>

Dr. Thomas Wolf

Principal

Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career spans over four decades and encompasses the fields of philanthropy, education, and the arts. He established the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 1983 after  >>

Joseph H. Kluger

Principal

Joseph H. Kluger, a Principal of WolfBrown, has over 30 years of experience as an arts and culture executive and consultant in strategic planning, organizational collaboration, facilities development,  >>

Dr. Steven John Holochwost

Principal and Director of Research for Youth & Families

Dr. Steven John Holochwost is Principal and Director of Research for Youth & Families at WolfBrown. His programs are designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth.  >>

Surale Phillips

Principal

Surale Phillips is a distinguished researcher who has guided countless organizations and agencies through research and consulting projects over the past 20 years. Her focus is applied research  >>

John Carnwath

Associate Principal

John Carnwath’s work at WolfBrown primarily focuses on arts funding, evaluation, and cultural policy. He recently developed a long-term plan to build capacity for evaluation and impact assessment among  >>

Jane Culbert

Senior Consultant

Jane Culbert provides WolfBrown with expertise in comparative research and financial analysis. She earned her business acumen first-hand, managing the fiscal and related organizational strategies of three of Boston’s  >>

Kathleen Hill

Senior Associate for Research & Outreach

Kathleen Hill joined the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 2021 to support clients in research, evaluation, and strategic planning efforts. She is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon  >>

Alan Kline

Director, Audience Research Program

Alan Kline has dedicated his career to helping arts and culture organizations better understand and build their audiences by reaching new visitors and deepening their relationship with current attendees.  >>

Annick Odom

Director of Communications and Field Learning

Annick Odom (she/her) joined WolfBrown in 2022. She oversees the firm’s various communications channels and supports field learning efforts to build the knowledge and capacity of arts leaders  >>

Kacie Willis

Manager, Audience Research Program

Kacie Willis is a Detroit native with a BS in Music Recording Technology from Hampton University and MFA in Sound Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.  >>

Henry Clapp

Senior Associate for Research & Programs

Henry Clapp joined the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 2019 to support the research and evaluation projects of Dennie Palmer Wolf and Steven Holochwost. He assists primarily on  >>

Erin Gold

Office Manager & Researcher

Erin Gold is an experienced researcher, writer, project manager, and event coordinator. Since joining WolfBrown’s Detroit office in 2018, she has worked on a variety of evaluation, planning,  >>

Our Collaborators

Salvador Acevedo

Salvador Acevedo, managing partner of Scansion, is a frequent collaborator with WolfBrown, most recently on a two-year portfolio evaluation of the California Arts Council’s grantmaking programs and processes. He has partnered with Alan Brown and John Carnwath on a range of other projects involving market research and planning work.

Salvador comments, “I am deeply interested in the commonalities that connect people and communities to their cultural identities. I apply these insights to develop strategies that are beyond multicultural—instead, they are truly intercultural. For over 20 years, I’ve been a consultant, executive, and researcher, helping to link the social capital of organizations with business opportunities for growth. Being bilingual and bicultural gives me the ability to more easily recognize the common ground for successful innovation solutions. Nothing beats that moment when I'm interviewing a person and their eyes light up because they have a brilliant answer to one of my questions. That moment usually drives the innovation process later on.”

Matthew Garcia

Matthew Garcia is a Junior at Harvard College concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. He joins WolfBrown to support the research and evaluation projects of Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf. A product of a public school education, Matthew is an advocate for educational equity in the historically inaccessible worlds of the arts and academia.

He founded Through the Staff, a 325-staff member international nonprofit that has provided over $500,000 of free, virtual private lessons to underserved young musicians. Matthew also founded the Pre-College Research Institute, a new national nonprofit dedicated to increasing the representation of BIPOC high school students in research. Also a budding scientist, he is fascinated by the therapeutic potential of stem cells and conducts research on cardiac regeneration in the Ott Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Matthew is excited to apply his passions for research, advocacy, and music to projects at WolfBrown. They will help create a more inclusive and accessible arts field for all.

Allison Russo

Consultant, writer, and educator Allison Russo has dedicated her career to creating more ethical and effective arts learning spaces. She collaborates with WolfBrown as a music education expert to support the data collection and analysis of musical and social-emotional skill growth at the New Jersey Symphony with Dr. Steven Holochwost. 

Allison has a BM from Ithaca College and an MM from Boston University, both in Music Education. As an elementary band teacher and nonprofit arts leader, Allison has designed and delivered music programming to thousands of students and teachers. She has presented at state and regional conferences, colleges, and public schools on topics including musically gifted education, trauma-informed care, and gender equity in jazz education. 

Allison founded the arts education consultancy The Critical Good in 2021. She facilitates the creation of ground-up and equity-focused strategic plans for the arts departments of schools and nonprofits. She is also a graduate course facilitator for the Longy School of Music at Bard College and a freelance grant writer. She envisions a world where arts education is boundless, universally accessible, and joyful for all.

John Shibley

John Shibley has 35 years of experience leading complex organizational improvement efforts in a variety of industries, sectors, and settings. His practice focuses on the intersection of strategy, innovation, and organizational learning. He is a frequent collaborator with WolfBrown on a variety of research and consulting assignments that require systems thinking and innovative facilitation techniques.

For six years John was a lead consultant in the Doris Duke Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, a year-long intervention to incubate strategic artistic innovations and deliver them to the public. He helped develop the program during his tenure as EmcArts’ Director of Organizational Learning.

Before working with nonprofit organizations, John enjoyed a 15-year career leading strategic organizational learning and Total Quality efforts in the for-profit sector. As the Manager of Training and Development at L.L.Bean, he helped engineer that company’s system wide change to Total Quality Management. He was the lead consultant for an eight-year project in strategic product development at Harley Davidson through the Center for Organizational Learning at the Sloan School of Management/MIT, one of the longest running projects of its kind in the world.

John was a founder of the Society for Organizational Learning and has published articles on systems dynamics, collaboration, and consulting practice. He enjoys mentoring emerging organizational development consultants.

Emma Terrell

Emma Terrell is pursuing a master’s in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her bachelor’s in Percussion Performance at Rice University. Her current research interests focus on investigating, designing, and implementing professional development opportunities of culturally sustaining music education for teaching artists and arts educators.

Emma comes to WolfBrown with a unique perspective as a performer, educator, professional development facilitator, and budding arts researcher. She is drawn to the organization’s multifaceted approach to helping arts and cultural organizations create effective and relevant educational programs. She is assisting Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf’s work with the William Penn Foundation that explores how teaching artists in the Greater Philadelphia area are using technology-enhanced arts education to create equitable and accessible arts experiences.

During her time in Boston, Emma has engaged with the local performing arts community, working with Storytime Quintet, Gamelan Galak Tika, Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and MIT Symphony Orchestra.

Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson, a principal of Goldsmith Strategies, is a leading voice in arts education with a focus on promoting cultural equity and leading change for nonprofit organizations across the sector. He has collaborated with WolfBrown on strategic planning, program evaluation, and new venture development with the support of national institutional funders for a decade.

Stanford founded and led the internationally recognized Play On Philly organization. He served as the Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA and the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network. In those roles, he has led complex strategic planning and organizational design projects resulting in new ventures that better serve constituents. Additionally, he has helped dozens of nonprofit arts organizations evaluate the effectiveness of programming and identify solutions to deepen and broaden their impact. He works closely with the boards and staff of arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, institutional funders, and national service organizations.

Stanford holds a faculty position with the Global Leaders Program. He serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, BalletX, and The Presser Foundation. He holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.

Our Interns

WolfBrown is committed to cultivating young leaders in the arts research and evaluation fields through internships and fellowships. This involves the development of transparent processes that foster youth voice and participation through evidence gathering. We incorporate youth voice into the very design and implementation of our research. Our interns and fellows have brought fresh, valuable perspective to different aspects of our work.

Marco Emilio Bruscoli

Marco Emilio Bruscoli recently completed a master’s degree in Performing Arts Management at Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Politecnico di Milano’s Graduate School of Business. His work with WolfBrown began in 2021 with an internship investigating digital, immersive, and virtual arts and entertainment projects.

This research provided the foundation for a significant new focus on immersive experiences, positioning WolfBrown as a thought leader in this burgeoning new area of programming. Marco will continue his work with WolfBrown for 2022-23 as a Scholar-in-Residence, supporting new research activities and product development efforts for the opera, theatre, classical music, and presenting fields.

CAREERS AT WOLFBROWN

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