Laili Gohartaj

Development Manager

Laili Gohartaj (she/her) is passionate about equity and access to arts opportunities for people who have been excluded or marginalized especially in the performing arts field. As a professional fundraiser, Laili works to support arts organizations in the Oakland and East Bay community, while pushing funders to acknowledge and dismantle white supremacy in philanthropy. She also supports the arts community as a grants panelist, volunteer and board member of the Mahealani Uchiyama Center for International Dance and the Berkeley Art Center. Laili was selected as a Western States Arts Federation Emerging Leader of color in 2018 and a San Francisco Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow in 2017. She holds a bachelor of music in clarinet performance and a master's degree in English with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry. Laili’s creative practice includes pottery, collage, mosaic, glass fusing, writing, and baking and she has shown in a few exhibitions locally but finds the most joy in the process of creating. When she isn’t making or supporting the arts she is often found experimenting with new recipes, tending the flowers in her garden, or out on Lake Merritt where she rows competitively.