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SMAC Staff Directory

Photo of Jonathon GlusJonathon Glus
Director, Cultural and Creative Economy
Email Jonathon Glus
(916) 808-8817

Jonathon Glus joined theCity of Sacramento, Convention and Cultural Services Department in July 2017.  Jonathon comes to Sacramento after serving as CEO at the Houston Arts Alliance, Executive Director of Arts and Culture with the City of Pasadena, and Executive Director of the Evanston Arts Council in metropolitan Chicago. 

Lennee EllerLennee Eller
Visual Arts Program Manager
Email Lennee Eller 
(916) 808-8877

Lennee joined the City of Sacramento, Convention and Cultural Services Department in the summer of 2016. Lennée’s goal is to support and collaborate with staff to succeed in our mission to provide exceptional cultural and educational opportunities that enrich the quality of life in the Sacramento region. She currently sits on two nonprofit boards: the Powerhouse Science Center Board and the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts.  Prior to working for the City of Sacramento, Lennee established and directed the Phoenix Airports Museum, home to one of the largest airport art programs in the United States. Its goal is to showcase Arizona's unique artistic and cultural heritage to more than 41 million passengers who travel through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport a year. Lennee has been active in the Museum and nonprofit Arts for more than 30 years. When not being an artist administrator, Lennée is a visual artist. Her work: sculpture, screen prints, drawings and paintings are in private and municipal collections, both nationally and internationally.

Donald Gensler, Art in Public Places Project ManagerDonald Gensler
Art in Public Places Project Manager
Email Donald Gensler
(916) 808-8493

Donald joined the Arts Commission staff in January, 2018. He manages restorations, ongoing projects, and new build public art projects for the City of Sacramento. He is both an attorney and visual artist with a passion for and experience in making and managing public art projects both nationally and internationally. Having worked as an attorney in land conservancy and site acquisition, he understands the unique land use and contract challenges involved in locating projects in public spaces. For over twenty years he has worked as a visual artist in community arts, private, public, and non-profit public art programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Dublin, Ireland. He understands the challenges artists face in working with municipalities and project stakeholders. He was an Adjunct Professor in public art at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and was a Lecturer in public art and mural making for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, PA where he also worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, developing social justice centered arts programing. He actively writes about public space, mural making, social justice, and public art. His murals and writings on public art have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and in recent publications such as books by Maureen O’Connell, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, Kiriakos Iosifidis, Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Spaces Around the World Vol. 2, and Jane Golden, Natalie Pompilio, and Robin Rice, More Philadelphia Murals.

Anja Aulenbacher Anja Aulenbacher
 Grants & Cultural Programs Coordinator  
 Email Anja Aulenbacher 
 (916) 808-3986

Anja Aulenbacher is the Grants and Cultural Programs Coordinator at the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Anja manages the Arts Commission’s grant programs, Sacramento Poet Laureate program, research projects and media. Anja administers several grant programs including general operating funds for nonprofit arts organizations (Cultural Arts Awards) and the Holiday Music Series presented at the Sacramento International Airport and other sites in Sacramento County. Anja directs the Sacramento Poet Laureate program, having managed the application process and tenures of the past three Sacramento Poets Laureate. Anja also oversees the Arts Commission’s newsletter, website and social media sites. Anja earned a BA from California Lutheran University, and after working on the production crew for local news broadcasts, joined the Arts Commission in 2005.

Photo of Melissa CironeMelissa Cirone
Arts Education Programs Coordinator   
Email Melissa Cirone
(916) 808-3983
As Program Coordinator for Arts Education, Melissa oversees the City’s Any Given Child Program. Prior to coming to Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Melissa has managed organizations and public programs in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual arts, literary arts, theatre, and dance. She served as Executive Director of Circuit Network, a Bay Area, nonprofit arts management organization, where she developed direct services and led educational workshops in audience and community engagement, grassroots marketing, and fundraising for hundreds of California performing artists. Melissa has also served as program consultant for Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California and was director of Communications and Visitor Experience for the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA.  Melissa joined the Arts Commission in 2017.

Laura Norman Laura Littlefield
 Arts Program Associate
 Email Laura Littlefield
 (916) 808-3979

Laura Littlefield has been an Arts Program Associate with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission since 2007, serving first in Grants and Cultural Programs and currently in Arts Education. Prior, she worked with children and families, both as a Case Manager for a publicly funded childcare subsidy program and as a Head Start preschool teacher. Laura has two BA's from Humboldt State University, one in Studio Art and the other in Sociology. 


Mannylyn 'Allen' TimoteoMannylyn (Allen) Timoteo
Administrative Analyst 
Email Allen Timoteo

(916) 808-3982

Allen Timoteo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Business Management there. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and became a resident of Sacramento in 2003. Her career with the City began in 2013 when she joined the Convention Center as an Accounting Tech. She was promoted as an Administrative Analyst in 2015 with the Parks & Recreation Department, where she handled the financials and the State and Federal grants for the 4th "R" after-school program (18 school sites) and Access Leisure, which serves youth and adults with disabilities. She is excited to be a part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission because one of her aspirations is to be more socially and culturally active in the arts world. 

Employment Opportunities

Arts Administrator
Final Filing Date: March 5, 2018
Summary: Under general direction, the Arts Administrator develops, monitors, and coordinates the planning and administration of the programs of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. 
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The people who comprise the staff of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission are dedicated employees of the City of Sacramento. Openings for staff positions are posted, and applications handled, by City of Sacramento Human Resources department at (916) 808-5726.  Job postings for the entire City can be viewed on the City website.