Capacity-Building Grant Program Panelists


Photo of Lilly Gonzalez. (Photo credit: Martha Banda)

Lilly Gonzalez is the Executive Director of the San Antonio Book Festival. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up along the South Texas-Mexico border. Her first love was books. Prior to moving to San Antonio, she spent 14 years living in Chicago, where she worked in public affairs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She earned both her MFA in creative writing and BS in journalism from Northwestern University. (Photo credit: Martha Banda)

photo of Michael Holtmann

Michael Holtmann is the Executive Director of the Center for the Art of Translation (CAT) and the publisher of its imprint, Two Lines Press. Prior to joining CAT, he held positions at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw national literature initiatives, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. He has served on the board of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) and the international programming committee of the Bay Area Book Festival, among others.

Photo of Lisa Willis. (Photo credit: Nicholas Nichols)

Lisa Willis is a passionate artistic administrator with over 20 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in the non-profit and commercial arts sectors. She has held various consulting and management roles in development, programming, and operations for New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Contemporaneous, Thresh; Heidi Latsky Dance; Brian Sanders’ JUNK; Kimmel Center Cultural Campus; the Mann; and JazzReach. In 2020 she co-founded The LynList, a curated listserv and grant writing support service for NYC-area individual artists and small non-profit arts groups. Prior to her shift into fundraising, she established and managed the daily operations for CAMI Music, in addition to overseeing the touring and managerial logistics for Lang Lang, Tan Dun, Savion Glover, American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Eloize, and the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, amongst other projects for film, diplomatic engagements, and special events worldwide. (Photo credit: Nicholas Nichols)