WHO WE ARE
DEI Arts Consultants bring creative insight and practical expertise gained through a combined 60 years of experience working as entrepreneurs, artists, and administrators.
Our ability to leverage a robust and diverse network of professional and community relationships for each project and organization is what makes DEI Arts Consulting an effective advocate and resource for our clients.
Jeri Lynne Johnson
Jeri Lynne Johnson has spent a career creating innovative strategies and programs to dramatically improve community engagement, audience participation and cultural diversity in the arts and culture sector. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Jeri established a 21st-century model for American orchestras to find better ways of combining artistic excellence and organizational innovation with cultural diversity and meaningful community engagement. Her programs and initiatives innovation has garnered numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In addition to working within the arts and culture sector, Jeri leads engaging workshops and devises strategies for major corporations looking to increase creativity, innovation, and effective leadership practices, and organizational alignment for employees and management.
Liz Dreyer’s career has focused on helping people to see and do things differently; helping them work creatively towards possible solutions to problems they have previously found to be immovable. She does this by building practice spaces that are open, welcoming and safe enough to allow people to bravely lean into discomfort and risk. Throughout her career - from founding and leading a successful for-profit/non-profit hybrid to the process facilitation, design and trainings focusing on adaptive change and equity in the arts and culture field -- she creates spaces for clients, artists and participants to think, develop and evolve.
Larry Williams’ 25+ year career as a professional hornist, professor, administrator, consultant, mentor, and innovator includes current appointments at Johns Hopkins University as a Provost’s Fellow, and faculty member at The Peabody Conservatory of Music. Larry is the founder of The American Studio Orchestra, an innovative multimedia ensemble based in Baltimore. Larry is a Yamaha Artist & Clinician, and serves as Principal Horn of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. He has worked on and led diversity initiatives in universities throughout the US, and has served as a consultant for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and arts presenting organizations.