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Independent Consultant, Program Development and Impact Assessment
Toronto, Canada

Albert Oppenheimer is a consultant, serial entrepreneur, and creative strategist who is a proud graduate of the 2012 Sistema Fellows program. Albert is a relationship-driven and values-based leader with a creative core developed through his background in music composition. As an entrepreneur, Albert has founded and co-founded local and national organizations built to create social change. As a creative strategist, he assists his clients in identifying solutions to their most challenging problems. As an educator, Albert has given keynotes at conferences and delivered guest lectures at universities, covering topics ranging from branding to improvisation, from music education to organizational development. He has also presented at TEDxMidwest, the Midwest ECO Conference for Community Psychologists, and the Erikson Institute for Childhood Development. Albert currently serves on the board of El Sistema USA, acts as a Senior Consultant for Social Focus Consulting, and has recently moved to Toronto after completing an MBA at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Albert was the Director of The People’s Music School Youth Orchestras (formerly known as the YOURS Project) between 2012 and 2014. While at The People’s Music School, he developed programs in four communities around Chicago, serving 200 students in intensive orchestral music making for 10 hours each week and supported by a staff of 40 teaching artists (including Ayriole Frost ’14 who Albert recruited to the Sistema Fellows Program) and 50 volunteers. 

Albert also increased revenues at The People’s Music School Youth Orchestras by 70 percent during his tenure via social impact research and launching a major donor initiative. Invested in developing future leaders and teachers of music for social change, Albert was heavily involved in developing North Park University’s Certificate in Music of Social Change (including a class about El Sistema later taught by Aubree Weiley ’14).

Albert has also been deeply involved with El Sistema USA. In 2012, Albert helped to write the bylaws for the organization and he was elected as a board member. He has served on various subcommittees, including national assessment, marketing, and development. A sought after speaker and educator, Albert has also presented at TEDxMidwest, the Midwest ECO Conference for Community Psychologists, and the Erikson Institute for Childhood Development.

As of Spring 2016, Albert has joined his wife in Toronto and serves as a board member for Shift: Englewood, an El Sistema-inspired initiative that he co-founded with Ayriole Frost ’14 in a neighborhood of Chicago which is commonly known for having the most gun violence in the United States. In Canada, Albert has been involved with the funding and launch of Sistema Kingston.

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