Margaret M. White (Peggy), Executive Director

Peggy_W_004Ms. White has more than 25 years experience in non-profit management. Almost 20 years ago, she landed the job of her dreams when she became Executive Director of the Diablo Regional Arts Association. It was an ideal opportunity because this position blended her professional background with her passion for the arts. She danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet and Joffrey Ballet’s Apprentice Company. Her nonprofit career includes serving as director of community relations for the March of Dimes, director of development for Goodwill Industries, and executive director of the Volunteer Center of Contra Costa. She was awarded the Woman of the Year by the California Legislature in 2002, the Point of Light Foundation Executive Director Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1995, and, in 1993, she received the United Way of the Bay Area Executive Director Award. Her extensive community involvement includes Business Arts Council Board of Trustees, First Tuesday Professional Women in Business, Leadership Contra Costa, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way Campaign Cabinet. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Florida State University where she double majored in mass communications and dance.

Lisa Mansfield, Finance Director

Ms. Mansfield has fond memories of going to the theater with her parents. She is thrilled to be a part of the DRAA and seeing the smiling faces of children and adults attending the Arts Access performances and community events. Lisa has a business and economics degree from UC Santa Barbara and is a licensed CPA. She has six years of auditing experience and seven years experience working on individual tax preparation.

Mary Hand, Communications Manager

Mary has a diverse business background but she specializes in marketing and communications for the performing arts. She is excited to work with the stellar team at DRAA where she manages communications including: media relations, web design and updates, promotion of DRAA events, social networking, execution of all DRAA collateral.


Joanna Grossman, Development Manager

Joanna has more than 10 years experience with nonprofits, most recently as a volunteer at The Seven Hills School and as Associate Director of Alumnae Relations at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. Prior to her transition into the nonprofit world, Joanna was a high school sports writer for a variety of publications including the Tri-Valley Herald, Sacramento Bee and Denver Post.