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Christa Steiner

Secretary of the Board

Christa Stiner has worked in performing arts administration and production for over twenty-five years. Currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Montalvo Arts Center, her extensive background includes orchestra management, marketing, patron services, production management and financial leadership in both commercial and nonprofit theater. From 1999 until 2003 she was the Director of Finance and Administration for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and served as CFO at the San Jose Repertory Theatre from 2006 to 2009. Featured in the Fall 2008 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly, Christa has served on the board of several Santa Cruz nonprofits, including her current role as Treasurer of the Community Music School, and Audit Chair of the Ecology Action Board. Other trustee duties have included New Music Works, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (where she served three terms as President), and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. Additionally, Christa has served as a panelist for the Arts Council Silicon Valley Regional Arts Fund grants review in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008, and as a panelist for the Santa Cruz Cultural Council in 2009 and 2010.

When not serving in leadership roles in the Bay Area, Christa teaches bassoon and saxophone, and coaches for local youth ensembles. She can be heard playing bassoon on the “Colonial Christmas” CD, released on the Gourd label. Christa is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics, Mid East Area option study, with graduate work in International Politics and Economics. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee of the Alumni Blue Band Association.