Rona Sebastian is a senior executive with national and international experience in non-profit arts and cultural organizations, philanthropy, higher education, for-profit music companies and consulting. As President of the Herb Alpert Foundation, Ms. Sebastian defines, plans and administers the foundation’s areas of funding and program development. She also collaborates with partners, institutions and other foundations to strengthen and enhance current and future programs and develop consortiums to address areas of shared interest. Rona was trained as a classical pianist and in her early career ran two Yamaha Music Schools for young children and taught classical piano to adults. Before assuming the Presidency of the Herb Alpert Foundation in 2004, she served for four years as the Vice President of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Rona spent 15 years at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles in a succession of senior leadership positions which included developing the Getty’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and serving as the Deputy Director of the Getty Conservation Institute. She holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.