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Meet Our Team

Alina Bloomgarden

Founder & Executive Director

Alina Bloomgarden, was originating producer of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Lincoln Center Reel to Real series and Director of Visitors Services for 23 years, where she received the Directors Emeriti Award for outstanding achievement. Proposing that jazz had a rightful place at America’s preeminent performing arts center, she invited Wynton Marsalis to participate as Artistic Advisor, the same role he how has for MOTI. She produced the first critically- acclaimed seasons of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which led to the establishment of jazz as a separate and equal constituent. It has now become her life’s work to galvanize the community of musicians as a force for encouragement and hope in criminal justice.

Winston Marsalis

Artistic Advisor

Wynton Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis won nine Grammys in jazz and classical music and he is also the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize. Nearly 5 million recordings of his music have been sold worldwide. 

Anthony Ray Hinton

Mentor at Large

Anthony "Ray" Hinton spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit yet never lost his faith or humanity which he credits to a loyal friend who never gave up on him. He’s committed to mentoring young people and will help develop MOTI’s mentorship model. Anthony “Ray” Hinton, is a remarkable twenty-first-century hero and role model whose spirit prevailed throughout 30 unfair years on death row. He credits a friend from the outside who never gave up on him and the Book of Mark: “What things you ever so desire, when you pray, believe in them, and you shall have them.” He prayed and was finally released. Ray wishes now more than anything to be a mentor to black and troubled youth.