Sharon Benítez is the Performing Arts Engagement Coordinator at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – a contemporary Latino arts space in San José, California. There she develops the monthly First Friday performing arts series, manages the twice annual NPN Residencies, and coordinates classes/workshops, marketing, and community engagement. She studied English and Ethnomusicology at Santa Clara University and has worked as an arts administrator and teacher at Bay Area non-profits and schools. As a Mexican Folk Dancer/Musician, she’s taught and performed in California, México, Nicaragua, and London. Currently she performs with Los Panaderos and leads Grupo Folklórico Los Quetzales.