Board of Directors

Thank you to our talented and dedicated volunteer board of directors. The individuals below are amazing professionals in their own right, and together they are the engine that administers and stewards Clerestory’s organizational well being. We are strong and empowered to sing the clear story of the music we explore in our concerts because of their tireless work.

Clerestory is looking for music lovers to add their skills to its talented and hard-working volunteer board of directors. A limited number of opportunities exist but we encourage your interest, particularly if you have expertise in technology, law, operations/logistics, and fundraising. To apply, please send a brief email of no more than 150 words to info@clerestory.org describing your interest and qualifications.

Read our Board Member Job Description here.


Michael Costa, President, is a Senior Consultant on the social impact team at Presence Product Group where he helps non-profit organizations develop custom technology solutions to support their mission. He was formerly Executive Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, after serving as both General Manager and Director of Finance & Administration there. Michael came to orchestra management after a decade of working in education and technology consulting for non-profit organizations. His connection with music began early on with piano lessons. In addition to piano, he has studied voice, organ, and trumpet. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music and classics from Rhode Island College and Brown University respectively as well as a master’s degree in education from Northwestern University.


Jesse Antin, Vice President, serves on the development, finance, and operations committees, and is a member of the ensemble. By day he is the Development Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, which researches and publishes media on the emerging science of emotional well-being. Previously, Jesse was a fundraiser for the environmental law non-profit Earthjustice. Jesse’s interest in non-profit administration stems from his experience as a singer in Chanticleer, where he was drawn to engagement with the donors and volunteers who selflessly make organizations thrive, and bring good things to the world.


Jess Perry, Treasurer and Finance Chair, is currently the Senior Budget Manager for the San Francisco Opera, after having sung in the SF Opera Chorus for 18 seasons.  Jess is also the bass section leader at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in San Francisco.  Previously, Jess was the Business Manager of Chanticleer for well over a decade. As an avid fan of excellent choral music, Jess is thrilled to be a founding member of the Board of Directors of Clerestory.


John Kelley, Operations Chair, is a litigation partner at the law firm of Niesar & Vestal LLP in San Francisco and a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law.  He has sung professionally with Choir of Men & Boys at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, since moving to the Bay Area in 1987, and has had several choral works premiered by the choir.  In 2015-16, he served as Composer in Residence for San Francisco Choral Artists, having previously sung with and served on the board of directors of that organization for several years.  His choral works have been performed by Clerestory, the chorus of the Bohemian Club, the choirs of San Francisco State University and the University of Southern California, the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., the choir of Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama, and the UK’s Caritas Chamber Choir.  He began studying piano at age five, shifting his focus to voice and composition at Yale University, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in music.   In addition to the Grace choir and the Bohemian Club chorus, he now sings with the newly formed six-voice pop a cappella ensemble Beyond Zebra.


Justin Montigne, Communications Chair, is the Director of Voice Studies at the San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as the founder and principal of SingAsana—voice lessons, workshops, and movement for singers and performers. Justin received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Drake University in his hometown of Des Moines, IA, and his graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. In addition to his singing and teaching activities, he has worked in San Francisco as a self-taught marketing, communications, and technology consultant for almost a decade, and uses these skills on the boards of Clerestory and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS. Justin loves reading about history, technology, and all other subjects, and is dedicated to practicing yoga and spending time with his beloved husband and two adorable pooches.


Mary Jane Perna, Development Chair, is a writer and fundraising consultant whose career has included working as an executive and professional fundraiser in health care, higher education, and the environment. She previously worked as Vice President of Philanthropy at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation; and at UC Berkeley where she built the development programs for the College of Letters & Science, as Assistant Dean for College Relations, and for the University Library, as Director of Development and Community Relations. She has also served as Chief Development Executive at Sutter Care at Home, and as Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Earthjustice. Mary Jane’s M.A. and B.A. degrees in English are from UC Berkeley.