Kristin Neville

Executive Director & Founder
Wife of the late famous jazz musician Charles Neville, Kristin was inspired by how he used music to heal from the systemic racism he faced as a Black man and to bring diverse people together in joy. Following his example, she decided to use her connections in the jazz world to bring arts access to underserved people and leverage the arts as a tool for social change. To explore and prepare to implement her vision, she obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2012. She used the entire four-year program to research and develop ideas for Blues to Green. This included traveling to meet with nonprofit Executive Directors and writing research papers on engaging the public with climate change and biodiversity loss through music and cultural events, arts-based nonprofits engaging youth in social enterprise, and more. She then founded Blues to Green in 2013 and has designed and executed all programming since our first Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival in 2014. A member of Springfield’s Climate Change & Health Equity (CCHE) Committee, Kristin is well-connected and involved in Springfield arts and nonprofit work. She also plays the clarinet.

Bianca Jiménez

Born in Springfield, MA, and raised in Holyoke & Westfield, Bianca Jiménez is our part-time Project Manager at Blues to Green. Her background centers heavily in Digital Marketing for nonprofits, Communications, and Community Development. 

Her journey started after she finished school, when she moved to the South Bronx.  The lift off for her career really took place during Occupy Wall Street, where she championed tenant rights through community organizing and leveraging new emerging Digital Marketing outlets. 

In 2015, she took her skills to Boston, working for various Community Development nonprofits in a project management capacity. There she helped to create processes supporting access and resources for marginalized communities.

Returning to Western MA in 2022, Bianca has brought city-tested expertise and knowledge to support local artists and events, aiming for systemic change and equity. 

Joining Blues to Green in early 2023, Bianca played a key role in helping to execute the 2023 Springfield Jazz & Roots Fest. Contact her at for inquiries or collaborations, as she continues her mission of promoting art and fostering community connections.


Ray Berry

Springfield resident & President, White Lion Brewing Company (in Springfield)

Eric Bachrach

Founding Executive Director, Community Music School of Springfield

Vanessa Ford

Springfield resident & Program Director of the Trust Transfer Project (in Springfield)

Evan Plotkin

President, NAI Plotkin (Springfield real estate firm)                   

Stu Hibbert

Teacher, Springfield Public Schools; DJ, WTCC Radio Springfield

Calvin Hill

Vice President for Inclusion & Community Engagement, Springfield College

Key consultants

Erica Silber

Year-Round Development Consultant
As Principal of Written Wings since 2011, Erica views her consulting as service to the oppressed, working in the background as an ally helping community nonprofits tell their stories in their own voices, access resources, and use best practices to operate efficiently and impactfully. She has supported dozens of local and national nonprofits in the fields of social justice, human services, economic development, and the arts. Erica particularly serves many racial justice and reproductive justice groups, including working since 2014 with SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the national nonprofit that founded the reproductive justice movement. In addition to serving Blues to Green since 2014, her local clientele includes Community Action Pioneer Valley, Tapestry Health, and many others. Erica raises millions of dollars each year through grant writing and fortifies nonprofits with strategic, development, and program planning. She also guides clients to create program evaluation systems and messaging strategies, and she writes appeals and outreach materials of all kinds. She provides all of these services for Blues to Green. She is also a Latin dancer involved in Springfield and Holyoke’s largely Puerto Rican Latin dance community and spends part of the year in Vieques, Puerto Rico annually with her dance and life partner (below), who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Kyle Homestead

Year-Round Communications Consultant & Seasonal Festival Production Manager
Kyle has been House Sound Engineer and Technical Director for the iconic Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA and toured internationally as Technical Director for numerous artists giving concerts at all scales. When he became a parent, he shifted to a career in IT, marketing, and design, but later returned to music by founding Laudable Productions, which produces festivals and concerts and consults for artists and presenters. They produce the annual Barbes in the Wood festival, Millpond Live summer concert series, World Music Collider quarterly concerts, Planetary Party monthly concerts, and Hinterland Live farm-to-table concerts. He also tours as Technical Director with Sweet Honey in the Rock. Kyle recently co-founded Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, a nonprofit that stewards the former Florence Congregational Church building, built by abolitionists, as a venue for arts and social justice experiences in Florence, MA. He has been the Springfield Jazz & Roots festival’s Production Manager since 2016 and now leads his own team at Laudable Productions to produce the festival. Kyle also manages the festival’s sound and light, and he supports Blues to Green year-round with graphic design and our newsletter and website.

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