Originally from Northwest Indiana and having lived on both coasts, as well as a year spent abroad in Europe, Jill brings a broad range of experiences and arts exposure to being Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council. From her first professional position as a marketing intern at a major studio in Los Angeles to her most recent role as a strategic fundraiser at one of Boston’s leading cultural institutions, Jill’s career has grown coast-to-coast around her ardent advocacy for the arts, sense of adventure, and aptitude for building mutually-beneficial partnerships.
Jill graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication and a minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology. After graduation, Jill taught with Teach for America in Phoenix, AZ, before moving to Boston, MA to begin her career in arts administration. In Boston, Jill worked with organizations including Boston Children’s Theatre, ArtsBoston, Broadway In Boston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
A lifelong arts enthusiast, Jill has danced, played instruments, and acted in theater productions (all to varying degrees of success!). Recently, she learned to play the drums at Ladies’ Rock Camp Boston. Jill was also a member of OnStage Dance Company where she served as a choreographer and volunteer Community Outreach Manager.
Alandis Brassel loves helping artists turn creative ideas into viable businesses. He comes to the Arts & Business Council from the Office of Congressman Jim Cooper, where he served as counsel and advised on intellectual property and music industry policy.
Alandis received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a B.S. in Music Engineering Technology and from New York University with an M.A. in Music Business. He is admitted to the bar of Tennessee. Prior to law school, Alandis owned and operated Go Forth Music, where he managed projects for artists and provided audio engineering services for clients including Bloomberg Television, the Charlie Rose show, Island Def Jam, and Timbaland.
Alandis is a Board Member of the Northwest Family YMCA, Membership Chair and Member of the Boy Scouts of America Nashboro District Committee, and Board Member of the Tennessee Youth Courts. He is an alumni of the Nashville Emerging Leaders class of 2016.
Alandis lives in Green Hills with his wife, Thallen, and their two sons, AJ and Theodore. They are avid Titans fans.