Founder + Chief Executive Officer
Jessica (McKay) Craft founded Rock to the Future in 2010 after working for Janney Montgomery Scott, a prestigious investment firm in Philadelphia. Jessica studied music through public school as a child starting with violin, saxophone, and clarinet in her early years, then percussion in high school. She believes in the power of music to change lives. A Temple University graduate with a degree in Business Administration and Economics, Jessica has been featured in the New York Times and named a Local Leader at the PA Conference for Women, among other awards. In 2014, Jessica completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate program and the Designing Leadership series in 2017. In 2019, Jessica won the Designing Leadership award from the Arts and Business Council.
Her past volunteer work includes being a big sister through Big Brother, Big Sister, working with Habitat for Humanity, teaching drums at Girls Rock Philly youth and adult camps, and organizing community benefit events. She is also currently the drummer for Philadelphia band Conversations, who opened for The Beach Boys in 2014.
Chief Music Officer
Joshua is a Philadelphia-based songwriter and music instructor who has been teaching music for over fifteen years. He has taught for Paul Green’s School of Rock, Farrington’s Music, Major Music, and privately. Because of his love of teaching and dedication to Rock to the Future, he worked his first two years at RTTF on a completely volunteer basis. From arranging music for weekly band rehearsals to teaching music business and songwriting, Josh is always ready to encourage, support, and inspire young creative minds. He has written songs for notable local bands such as The Bee Team, Conversations with Enemies, and many more. He combines his love of and talent for music with his love of teaching to encourage the success of students at Rock to the Future.
Chief Development Officer
Lauren is a native Philadelphian with a passion for empowering under served communities. She has dedicated her career to serving her local community, and she has previously been involved in public health education and awareness, the professional development and economic advancement of women, and the academic and character development of youth living in under resourced communities. Her academic training includes a B.A. in History and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.
Lauren is also committed to supporting and advocating for youth living with developmental disabilities. She formerly served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition (P.E.A.C.), and she is currently serving as a Peer Supporter for Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania (P2P of PA) and as a Parent Volunteer for the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy 4-H Club. She enjoys the creative nature of music and appreciates its power to heal and inspire.
Ready for the Future Club Instructor
Alexis is an Indigenous identifying performing artist and student from Portland, Oregon. She currently studies Music Industry/Business at Drexel University and hopes to continue use music as a tool for self expression, healing, and education throughout her career. Alexis loves the Rock to the Future community and enjoys helping high schoolers prepare for higher education, career development, and other challenges they may face.
Engagement & Communication Coordinator
Alison joined Rock to the Future in the fall of 2017. She has a BFA in Film and Video from the School of Visual Arts and an ALM in Museum Studies from the Harvard University Extension School. Before moving to Philly, she worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the List Visual Art Center in Cambridge, MA and as the Communication Coordinator and Assistant Curator for VAEFF NYC. She also works as a visual artist and copy editor. Alison passionate about accessibility in the arts, and is thrilled to join Rock to the Future as they share the magic of music education with the next generation of Philly musicians!
MusiCore Germantown Site Director
Kaamilah leads Rock to the Future’s after-school program at Roosevelt Elementary. Prior to this role, Kaamilah volunteered at the MusiCore after-school program in North Philadelphia before helping to launch RTTF’s newest expansion in Germantown, where she served as the first Academic Coordinator at the site. These volunteer efforts along with other partnerships and collaborations were achieved through her own community service organization, the HLA Foundation – where she serves as Executive Director, which aims to work with underserved youth both domestically and internationally. Kaamilah has a background in career development and strategic management and works with CEOs, C-suite teams and Fortune 500 companies on their hiring directives, company-wide initiatives, and corporate social responsibility projects. Kaamilah holds both a B.A. and MBA from Florida A&M University
MusiCore Kensington Academic Coordinator
Victoria is a Boston native who made Philadelphia her home several years ago and is dedicated to serving her community. She is an education professional who has been working as a Museum Educator at Eastern State Penitentiary for the past four years. She believes that educational programs and cultural institutions are essential to bettering our communities and give more opportunities for different types of learners. She has a Master’s in Public History and has dedicated her education to advocating for students, empowerment for women, and environmental causes. She also has several creative projects like hosting and producing a local podcast, and writing for a film blog. She believes a variety of creative outlets are important for development and educational success.
MusiCore Germantown Academic Coordinator
Through her education and volunteer experience Bashlee has focused on social change and community engagement. Both are things she believes are essential to understand when you desire to create a positive impact within a community. She aspires to use her passion of educating others on how to find themselves and use their voice to make a difference. Excited to join the Rock To The Future staff as the Academic Coordinator, she believes that with the right guidance and understanding students will have the desire to bring out the best in themselves and succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
MusiCore Kensington Site Director
Victor has worked with education since 2010. Upon moving to Brazil from the United States in 2010 he began a career in the ESL industry. There he worked as a teacher and quickly became involved in administration. More recently, Victor directed a six-week international summer program in New York for 5 consecutive years. On the side he maintained a career as a musician, having studied Vibraphone Jazz & MPB Performance in Sao Paulo and performing frequently in the country as well. With a permanent relocation in 2019 to Philadelphia, his mix of background in educational admin and music made him a great fit for the Rock to the Future team as Site Director of the Kensington MusiCore Program.
Rock to the Future’s teaching artists have a range of musical and teaching experiences, but all are extremely talented and highly skilled musicians. Trained formally and playing various genres of music, they have performed live and on studio recordings with numerous bands.
Band Coach and Instrumental Instructor
Bass Guitar Instructor and Creative Maker Lab Instructor
Jake recently moved to Philadelphia by way of Massachusetts and is excited to be sharing his love of music with the city’s at-risk youth and teens. Jake earned a Bachelor’s in jazz bass performance from the University of the Arts, where he graduated in 2017 with honors. He went on to continue to study music – earning a master’s degree in Jazz Studies and Composition at the New England Conservatory in 2018. Through honest performance, education, and composition, Jake wants to help others explore the depths human experience as well.
Choral Ensemble Instructor
Jodie began her journey as a musician at the age of four, when she first began violin lessons. In 2012, Jodie earned her bachelors degree in music therapy at Temple University. Jodie’s teaching career began ten years ago, and she has taught violin, piano, guitar, voice, and theory. Jodie taught through the School of Music, R&M music studios, and Perelman Jewish Day School, and led the Carousel House Choir for two years. As a teacher, Jodie hopes to show her students that music is not a chore, but a beautiful journey of growth and dedication.
Piano, Vocal, and Choral Ensemble Instructor
Barron Lacy is from Upper Darby, PA. Having studied music from a young age, he continued his music studies after graduating high school and obtained his B.A. in Music Education with a piano concentration from Cairn University. The transformative power of music to inspire and enrich the lives of others, especailly in the lives of youth, is a deep passion for Barron. In addition to teaching at Rock to the Future, he has been a music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia since 2014.
Music and Creative Maker Lab Instructor
Namarah is a Philadelphia-born artist exploring sounds and words to represent the echoes of the heart. A singer-songwriter, educator, storyteller and gamer enthusiast, Namarah shares her interpretation of how we live life, grow and change and the stories that take us through the journey. Namarah is excited to join the Rock to the Future team as the Music and Creative Maker Lab Instructor. Namarah weaves together Rock, Rn&B, Pop, Gospel and Hip-Hop – an experimental practice to share her soulful voice and intricate melodies. When Namarah is not in the classroom, she can be found performing on main stages like the TLA, working production for her local church, or coaching performers across the greater Philadelphia community. She is an activist and community change-maker, believing that anyone can impact the world if they are willing to make unique partnerships to reimagine the world through music, the arts and any other medium – in Namarah’s world, it’s about the human connections we form that make life worth living.
MobileMusic Supervisor and Band Coach
Victoria was born and raised in San Diego, California. In college, she moved to the east coast to attend the Contemporary Music Center. After a stint in Nashville, she moved to Philadelphia to play bass for Talain Rayne and guitar for Element K. Victoria now tours full time, both as a solo artist and the front woman of her full band show. She has topped the Philadelphia pop charts on Reverbnation, was a finalist for Rock on Philly Magazine’s Artist of the Year, won Best Song at the Akademia Music Awards, and was a finalist at The International Songwriting Competition for best song. In addition to her musical accolades, she is also a music journalist. Furthermore, Victoria is an experienced instructor teaching ages six to 60+ in a variety of regions throughout the country.