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Conrad Kenley Elected Chairman and CEO of DC Jazz Festival Board of Directors

Release Date
Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 — The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announced that Conrad Kenley has been unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s new Chairman. He has previously served as Vice Chair and Treasurer.

Kenley will lead the DCJF’s development as it enters its second decade. The news follows on the organization’s selection of its first Artistic Director – Willard Jenkins - and receipts of an NEA Art Works grant for $30,000 and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grants totaling more than $110,000.

"I look forward to working closely  with our brilliant board, executive director, and new artistic director to continue the DC Jazz Festival’s mission of providing enriching and entertaining jazz programs for the broadest possible demographic,” said Kenley. “We are excited to continue expanding and diversifying the audience of jazz enthusiasts."

Kenley is President and Chief Executive Officer of LCG Inc., a scientific research support, grants management, and health IT company whose clients include government agencies focused on health care research and services. Prior, Kenley held senior financial management positions in the private sector before founding LCG, Inc. in 1990. The Brooklyn native resides in the District.

Michael Sonnenreich, Chair Emeritus, who served as the DCJF’s Chairman for five years, said, “I am proud of the tremendous growth we have seen for the DC Jazz Festival, particularly with our education programs and neighborhood outreach. The DCJF is in good hands, and I look forward to it taking its place among the world’s best.”

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About the DC Jazz Festival: With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth, and celebrated its landmark 11th anniversary this year. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2015 DCJF will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and upcoming programs, visit

The DC Jazz Festival® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, NEA Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, New Music USA, and with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the City Fund, administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. ©2015 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

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