Carla Dirlikov Canales

Founder, CEO, Artistic Director

Carla Dirlikov Canales is an internationally known opera singer who has also established herself as a leader in the area of using the arts to advance important social issues. She is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Program, was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and won the Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization. In each case, she was the first opera singer ever to receive the honor. As a singer she has received worldwide acclaim, and is best known for her portrayals of Bizet’s “Carmen” which she has performed over 80 times in a dozen countries. She has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and top international venues in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is the founder and CEO of The Canales Project, aimed at giving voice to issues of Identity and culture through music and conversation.


Joshua Cerdenia Pangilinan

Administrative Associate

Joshua, known professionally as Joshua Cerdenia, is an internationally performed composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music currently based in New York City. His work covers a wide range of styles and expressive terrain, from "graceful melancholy" (Star Tribune), to works that unfold "like the nascent radiance of a rising sun" (The Straits Times), as well as music that "pretty much explodes at the end" (The New York Times). An alumnus of The Juilliard School, he has worked with a growing number of ensembles of repute, such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. When not composing, he helps run The Canales Project.



Communications Associate

Lindsey Lerner is a graduate from Bryant University, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies with a Cultural Interaction concentration. During her studies, she spent a semester in Chile, learning about South American and Chilean culture. It was here that she not only grew, but cultivated her passion for making the lives of those around her better - and in this case, it meant helping musicians. Through this passion, she developed what is now Level Exchange. A social enterprise that curates unique events that brings together local musicians and businesses to elevate local brands and bands. This is done through a level exchange of arts and commerce in order to create a space of valuable cultural interaction. She has been funded by Bryant's Pitch the Panel competition, Bryant Ventures Business Plan competition, and many local sponsors. Nationally, Lerner works with Steel Wool Entertainment’s artists as a remote consultant. Lerner works out of the Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence. 


Maria Ory

Podcast Producer

Maria consults with TCP on communications, social media, press outreach, and campaign efforts to promote TCP’s mission and programs. She has over four years of communications and PR experience, and works with organizations to shape their brand and message.

She is based in Washington, D.C., and prior to that, was with Colorado Nonprofit Association, working on the public policy team. She has also worked for Forum One Communications, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, all in communications and outreach roles.

Maria graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in global health and development.