Ilya Tovbis is the director of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. Ilya’s involvement with music programming started in the Bay Area through the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and The Stern Grove Festival.
He also started the Berkley-based music showcase “The Brew,” featuring monthly pairings of diverse artists such as Meredith Axelrod, Beth Custer, Deli Kanli, Charming Hostess, Glenn Hartman, Kymata, Matt Nelson, Aaron Novik, Rob Reich, and John Schott, Katy Stephan and Craig Ventresco.
Kaitlin Whitman is the WJMF Administrative Manager. Through her education and prior work history, she brings a wealth of arts administration and festival experience to the music department. Prior to joining the DCJCC, she worked at American University as the Photography Lab Manager where students learned how to process and print their own images in a darkroom. Before that, Kaitlin worked at the DC Environmental Film Festival in programming and a variety of other roles for five years. She regularly volunteers with festivals across the city, attends as many as possible, and consults on film projects. She loves all genres of music but finds herself listening most often to bluegrass and folk tunes. Kaitlin graduated from American University with a MA in Arts Management in 2014 and a BA in Visual Media and Cinema Studies in 2009.
Prior to joining the DCJCC, he worked on grassroots marketing and public relations strategies at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. He also helped develop and manage their Brainiacs program, an audience engagement initiative that helped boost retention among new subscribers.
Alexis graduated from American University with an MA in Arts Management in 2015 and a BA in Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in 2012.
Tressa Copple is the WJMF Administrative Coordinator. She is a dedicated non-profiteer with an extensive administrative background in tenants’ rights, homeless assistance, and refugee and immigrant services. She also has a decade of experience doing outreach and fundraising at concerts and festivals with Amnesty International’s Rhythm N’ Rights in Nebraska and Chicago. Tressa is excited about her new role in the Film and Music Departments of the DCJCC where she can apply her passion for music and love of film.