Sarah J. Lyding

Sarah Lyding is the Executive Director of The Music Man Foundation, also known as The Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation launched a music therapy grant program for Southern California-based organizations and supports many outstanding music education programs in fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission to use music to improve children’s lives.  Before joining The Music Man Foundation in 2017, Ms. Lyding was the first staff member for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, where she worked for nearly 10 years on programs such as BankWork$TM and the Social Impact Theatre opportunity.

Prior to her work with foundations, she led fundraising efforts at two of Southern California’s preeminent performing arts organizations, the Pasadena Playhouse and Center Theatre Group.  Ms. Lyding also served on the board of directors of Boston Court Pasadena from 2009 – 2021.