Ifunanya Nweke, M.A. - Founder & Executive Director
A graduate of the inaugural Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy, Ifunanya Nweke possesses extensive knowledge and savvy on the Nonprofit sector which pairs well with her background as a musician, a vocal and piano coach for children with autism and an ABA trained Behavior Interventionist.
While an Anthropology student at UCLA, she was invited multiple times to sing the National Anthem at the UCLA Men's baseball game, she has songwriting credits on several songs and documentaries and she is a member of her church choir.
It was after what she deems Divine orchestration that Jazz Hands For Autism came to be. The story begins with Ruben J, an autistic young man in a mainstream classroom. Ruben was, for most part of the school day, the guy with the BII (behavior interventionist); but when it came to music, Ruben was a natural leader who brought his entire classroom together simply by being himself: singing and playing the piano. When Ms. Nweke witnessed how Ruben J, a 15 year old performer, commanded the atmosphere in his music class, she became aware of the magic that occurs when individuals with autism are given an avenue to flourish in their strengths.
This was enough motivation to launch full fledge into Jazz Hands For Autism: a labor of love and a commitment to service. Two months later, the first installment of the Jazz Hands Concert Series took place.
Ifunanya Nweke is the little lady with the big voice: Fearless, Mid 20s, a great performer, a committed servant and a dynamic leader leading a dynamic and innovative organization.