MICHELE BRUSTIN joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in 2008. Born in Baltimore, Ms. Brustin took piano lessons at Peabody Conservatory before graduating from the University of Maryland with bachelor’s degrees in English and history. After serving for three years as a professional assistant for theater programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, she worked as an assistant to the executive director at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before being named executive director of the Performing Arts Association of New York State. She later served in the same capacity at the Illinois Arts Council for three years. From there, Ms. Brustin joined NBC as an associate, and over the next 10 years was rapidly promoted, ultimately serving as vice president of drama programs for six years under Grant Tinker and Brandon Tartikoff and as senior vice president for comedy programs for two years. She later worked as a producer affiliated with Universal and Scripps Howard Productions, where she also served as executive producer of programming, and as an independent producer. Ms. Brustin previously served on the Jefferson Awards Committee for Theater in Chicago and the board for UCLA’s Royce Hall. She is also a former member of the Los Angeles Music Center Educational Committee.