Founding Executive Director
In 2010, Jessica won the $15,000 Turning Point Prize from Women for Social Innovation and left her prestigious financial services job to start Rock to the Future – a nonprofit organization that provides 100% free music education to underserved Philadelphia youth. Jessica worked on a volunteer basis for the first two years of Rock to the Future until the organization secured additional funding. After only 4 years, the organization has grown from serving 13 to over 300 youth a year with four program areas, to 4 full time employees and 6 part time employees, and has observed exceptional improvements in student academic grades as well as musical ability. Rock to the Future has been featured in The New York Times, NBS, CBS, KYW, and numerous college and community newspapers and blogs. In her spare time, Jessica plays drums for indie-pop band Conversations and participates in Big Brother, Big Sister.
Joshua Craft is a Philadelphia based songwriter and music instructor who has been teaching music for over 10 years. He has worked for Paul Greens School of Rock, Farrington’s music, Major Music and privately. Through his love of teaching and dedication to Rock to the Future, he dedicated his first year of work at RTTF on a completely volunteer basis. From arranging music for weekly band rehearsals to teaching music theory and songwriting, Josh is always ready to encourage, support and inspire young creative minds. He has written songs for such notable local bands as The Bee Team, Conversations with Enemies and The Wayfairs. He collaborates his love for music and teaching to ensure the success of students at Rock to the Future.
Katie Feeney is excited to join the Rock to the Future team this year as Director of Development. After graduating from Penn State University in 2006, Katie completed a 2-year term of national community service with AmeriCorps working as a campus and community organizer with NJPIRG’s Community Water Watch program. Most recently, Katie worked as a Policy Analyst at Clean Air Council in Philadelphia where she funded and coordinated projects to implement sound state and federal clean air policies while increasing community awareness via events, media and community outreach. Katie is passionate about music and in her spare time she sings lead vocals in local bands You Do You, The Externals, and Black Mountainside – a Led Zeppelin cover band.
Assistant Program Director
Cameron DeWhitt is an independent musician and music educator with a BA in Music Theory and Composition from George Fox University. Cameron teaches vocals, piano and guitar lessons at Rock to the Future’s MusiCore after school program and is leading MobileMusic workshops. Cameron is a
classically trained pianist, American clawhammer banjoist who is currently working on original composition and studying traditional Appalachian music.
In addition to Rock to the Future’s full-time staff, there are a small number of part-time positions and teaching artists that teach instrumental lessons. We are also supported by over 25 volunteers who assist with program volunteering (tutoring, music, mentoring), committees, and administrative support.