Michelle Holdt is the Founding Executive Director of Arts Ed Matters. She is also an arts integration specialist and theater educator with a strong commitment to leading an arts rich life and making the arts available for all children. For 25+ years, she has been a drama teacher, professional development leader, and arts administrator in a wide variety of educational settings. Michelle is also the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for San Mateo County Office of Education, adjunct faculty at Cal State East Bay in the Teacher Education Department, and a faculty member at the Integrated Learning Specialist Program for the Alameda County Office of Education.


  • BA in Drama and Human Development, Harvard University

  • Masters in Theatre and Dance, University of New Mexico

  • Clear K-8 multiple subject credential, New College of California in San Francisco

  • Masters and Credential in Educational Administration, San Francisco State University

  • Arts Integration Certificate, The Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

Serves on: 

  • Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area Executive Board

  • SFUSD Arts Education Master Plan Refresh Task Force



Elizabeth Rubenstein is a visual arts educator with more than two decades of teaching experience.  Elizabeth has shared her learning throughout her career, starting with adults in schools and private business, followed by middle school students, then elementary, and preschoolers in public and private school settings.  Returning now to focus on adult education and professional development of educators, she reminds us all of the value of creativity, questioning, and play in our daily lives. 

Elizabeth’s current focus employs a combination three powerful models of student-centered learning: Design Thinking, Teaching for Artistic Behavior, and Arts Integration. 


  • BS, Industrial Design, Georgia Tech

  • Single Subject Credential, Fine Arts, Dominican University

  • MS, Curriculum & Instruction, Dominican University

  • Integrated Leaning Specialist Certificate


Advisory Board


Mark Hauber - Education Outreach Manager Center for Art and Translation

Catherine Theilen Burke - Content Specialist, Visual Arts @ SFUSD

Jenee Gill - Independent Arts Administrator

David Gluck - Independent Non Profit Arts Consultant

Christine Young - Theatre professor in Performing Arts and Social Justice @ USF

Marilyn Koral - Teacher/Administrator Emeritus

Todd Berman - San Francisco Artist & Founder The Art Don’t Stop

Andrew Nance - Founder MindfulArtsSF, Writer, Actor, Director, and Producer

Peter Sroka - SFUSD Music and Drama Teacher

Ruth Mankin - Art and Education Consultant

Libby Silvestri - Classroom teacher, Novato School District



Arts Education: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking