Our Co-Founders

Michael Franti

Vice-Chair

A musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. “I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)”, the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. Franti has a brand new single, “Once A Day” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. “Once a Day” was inspired by his son’s diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. “My belief is that through music, dance and gratitude for this life we can all ‘rise up’,” explains Franti. “Once A Day” was produced by Supa Dups (Eminem, Damian Marley, Bruno Mars) and features special guest Sonna Rele. This new song has the same feel-good, inspiring vibe as “Say Hey (I Love You),” his 2x platinum hit single. Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission, he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti’s humanitarian, social justice, and peace efforts continue to inspire his music and are infused throughout his music.

Sara Agah Franti

Secretary

As an emergency room nurse, Sara Agah Franti, has witnessed patients in their most vulnerable moments. She has seen the demands that terminal illness asks of family members and close friends and has pledged her life to taking care of people when they are in times of greatest medical need. Sara says, “In my work and in my own family I’ve seen firsthand the toll that living with life-threatening medical conditions takes on both patients and their loved ones. I’ve also seen how families rally together and grow stronger in these times. Through Do It For The Love we want to provide the opportunity for healing to take place, families to bond together, care providers to get a welcomed break and for lifelong memories to be made – all through the experience of live music!” Sara has traveled and has done relief nursing work all over the world, including Haiti, Philippines and Indonesia. Her passion for positive living inspired her to start SaraLua Designs, an eco-conscious jewelry line. Her motto is: “Be your best! Serve the greater good! Rock out wherever you are!” www.saralua.com In addition to her work in health and healing, she is also the owner and creative director of SaraLua Designs a sustainable jewelry line that is meant to inspire individuality, be made from sustainable and recycled materials that are good for the planet, and encourage the wearer to live free. Sara is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Her passion has driven her to pursue her Masters in Public Health, which she hopes to use as a platform to concentrate on health promotion and policy change. Her work, life, and play are influenced by her mantra "Be your best. Serve the greater good. Rock out wherever you are."

Board of Directors

Carmen Romano

Treasurer

Partner, FBMM Inc.

Dave Graham

CEO, BottleRock Napa Valley

Gary Gersh

President of Global Talent, AEG Live

Joey Houssian

Owner, The Adventure Group

Libby Anschutz

Director of Comm. Affairs, AEG Live

Michael Franti

Vice-Chair

Musician, Filmmaker, Writer

Sara Agah Franti

Secretary

Registered Nurse, Master in Public Health (c)

Shannon O’Shaughnessy

Vintner

The Staff

Jessie Wong

Program Coordinator

Jessie joined Do It For The Love in June 2017. She is a UC Davis graduate with a major in psychology with an emphasis in biology as well as a theatre minor. "I am very honored to join the Do It For The Love family where I can combine my background in medicine with my love for music. To provide the healing gift of music to people who need it most is a priceless experience and i look forward to working with artists and families alike to make some magic happen!"

Joyce Han

Program Coordinator

Joyce was previously with the Do It For the Love team from June 2014 - September 2017. Having taken a brief hiatus from the organization to travel she is eager to come back and offer assistance in the wish granting process. "Being able to support others using the power of music is such a powerful and humbling opportunity. I look forward continue being of service and make wishes come to life!"

Sandy Howard

Director of Program Development

Sandy Howard is based in Nashville and specializes in nonprofit work involving the music industry. Her strong ties to the music industry have afforded her the opportunity to work in management, production, branding and promotion as well as business and career development. As a music lover with a passion for giving back, she has used her skills in working with non-profits such as the Tug McGraw Foundation and the Mark Collie Foundation in fostering relationships, building awareness and helping to create a culture of giving. "It is such a privilege to join Do It For The Love. Growing up in a musical family I have seen first-hand that music can surpass all barriers to bring joy, happiness, love and a sense of community to people at some of their must difficult moments in life. This makes joining this team truly a gift and I am extremely passionate about being a part of the growth of Do It For The Love."