Our Board

At the December 3rd Annual Meeting of the Affiliates in the Desert, our Board for 2021 was elected.

Meet our Board of Directors

President

Ricardo Robles

Ricardo is a founding member and Vice President of the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert. As a music enthusiast, he believes that bringing classical music to the youth of the Coachella Valley will help both the individuals themselves and the community as a whole, and quoting Gustavo Dudamel, “music is a fundamental human right.” He has directed all of his efforts to working on the Affiliates in the Desert agenda to advance the Los Angeles Philharmonic educational programs.

He has always been committed to helping others through his involvement in Rotary Clubs, most notably when he served as Club President from 1993 to 1994. He is also a strong supporter of youth education, which brought him to be a member of the St. Theresa School Board in Palm Springs where he served as president of the Board for two terms.

Ricardo Robles is based in Indio with 30 years of experience in business management. His company currently represents global food manufacturers in the
Coachella Valley.

Vice President

Bractzo Ibáñez

Bractzo is a firm believer in the transformational power of education and arts and serves currently as a Director-at-Large for the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert.
For the last 21 years Bractzo has been working to help Latino communities have better education opportunities through social labor and seminars, and through his work as president in the following organizations:

• California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE- chapter 91), period 2017-2018
• DELAC (District English Learners Advisory Committee PSUSD) 2015 – 2017
• Head Start Parent Policy Council (Riverside County Office of Education) Chairman 2012-2013

Treasurer

Rick Seeley

Now as the Treasurer of the Affiliates in the Desert, Rick’s more than 25-year support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl has taken on new meaning. He is a community champion and philanthropist.

Rick also serves as the president of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The cultural center incubates, produces and encourages arts and cultural programs to leverage the unique power of creativity to open minds, bridge what divides us, and discover what connects us. In this capacity, Rick has an avid interest in developing exposure to the arts for lower income residents in the community.

The Affiliates in the Desert is the perfect progression in the common thread of his career of promoting economic and cultural diversity and equality in all aspects of business and the arts. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Redlands and has done post- graduate work at the University of Michigan. He retired from Southern California Gas Company in 2016 after a 33- year career of increasing responsibilities culminating in his tenure as the Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity.

As a fourth generation Southern Californian, Rick is a founding and continuing director of the Long Beach Heritage Foundation. He is also vice-president of Build
Out California, the world’s first LGBT trade organization focused on leveling the playing field in construction industry procurement opportunities.

Secretary

David Freedman

In addition to serving as Secretary of the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert, David is a member of the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of Desert Community Energy, which provides electricity to Palm Springs residences and businesses.

David is a long-time supporter of performing and visual arts organizations in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and elsewhere and has hosted several events for Affiliates in
the Desert. He credits his love for classical music to the music education he received when he was young, including regular attendance at Philadelphia Orchestra youth concerts. David’s goal for Affiliates in the Desert is to bring the same experiences to the youth of the Coachella Valley and help develop the next generation of classical music lovers.

Following a 30-year career as an international corporate lawyer in New York and Paris, David Freedman retired to Palm Springs in 2015 and began a new career as volunteer environmental activist and advisor on nonprofit governance.

Membership Officer

Madalina Garza

As the Membership Officer of the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert, Madalina looks forward to collaborating in creating a community outreach marketing strategy to reach new members in our area as well as supporting programs that will enable youth here in the Valley to take advantage of the life-changing opportunity that this organization aims to provide.

Madalina is a Web Developer, Digital Marketing Strategist and Creative Director at Garza Creative Media. She has spent the last eight years helping brands, organizations, and individuals make an impact with their digital presence and knows how to build brands that make a deep and meaningful connection with their audience, adding a personal and human touch to what can otherwise seem like a daunting and confusing technical sphere. Her clients include non-profit organizations, government commissions, religious organizations, educational institutions, fashion brands, podcasters, conference organizers and small business owners.

She has participated as a Business and Digital Etiquette mentor with the Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) and the Palm Springs Unified School District, and is a member of the PS ModCom Education Committee, which oversees the PS ModCom Scholarship Program and helps develop School Programs focused on architecture and preservation for local schools.

At Large

Chuck Steinman

Chuck is the most recently elected Board Director of the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert. Soon after joining the Affiliates he volunteered to design and produce our first two newsletters. He is a concert subscriber at the LA Phil and Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic series.

His volunteer background includes the Palm Springs Art Museum where he was an Ambassador at the Architecture and Design Center of which he was a Founder and served on the A+D Council as Vice Chair for Programs. Also, he co-edited the Museum Service Council’s newsletter and arranged day tours and talks. Back East, he serves as Vice Chair of the Truro Historical Commission and is Board Chair of the Friends of the Truro Meeting House.

Chuck’s professional experience includes 14 years with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the Washington, DC and Boston urban design offices. He later joined the Boston
office of a Saudi-based firm to manage design-build interiors projects in Bahrain and London. Before retiring he served as a founding and managing partner for an
interior design firm specializing in senior communities and elder care projects. He has master degrees in urban planning and business management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now retired, he spends most of the year in Palm Springs and summers on Cape Cod, MA.

At Large

Mike Napoli

Mike is the Founding President of the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert. He has also served on the board of the following performing arts organizations: American Youth Symphony, Steinway Society of Riverside County and Waring International Piano Competition. He is also Executive Director of Performing Arts LIVE where he works with dozens of Performing Arts organizations throughout Southern California on strategic and marketing issues.

He is passionate about the performing arts and the education of the next generation of performing artists. In addition, Mike is the President of the Tech Coast Angels in the Inland Empire. Here he works with early stage start-up companies in their pursuit of success. In the past,

Mike has worked for several banking and institutional money management organizations including Bankers Trust Company, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Wilshire
Associates.

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