Welcome our new MUST Staff!


MUST has recently had the privilege of hiring two new talented staff members! Meet Marlena and Pedro, our new General Manager and Program Manager:

Marlena Cannon comes to MUST with over eight years experience working in museums and non-profits. After graduating with an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from the University of Manchester, she worked in a number of museums in England and in the Bay Area. Most recently, Marlena worked as the Recruiting and Staffing Coordinator with Adventures in Writing Camp. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting and staffing dynamic teachers, musicians and camp counselors for 40 writing camp locations in Northern and Southern California.

Although she has been working in the arts primarily for many years, Marlena has always had one foot in the education world.  Before embarking on her journey in museums, Marlena taught with AmeriCorps supporting the school day staff and leading an after-school art class in a small school in Oakland. Working with AmeriCorps gave her the opportunity to share her passion for reading, the arts, and music.

As a native San Franciscan, Marlena can be found enjoying all the fantastic museums, food and live shows the Bay Area has to offer. She is also a novice yogi and a very enthusiastic English soccer fan!


Pedro Rivas Lopez is a passionate Artist. Pedro immigrated to the United States at the age of 5, and his family established themselves in rural Fresno County in the small town of Mendota, California. Pedro made his debut as a performer at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he served as part of the leadership staff with Rainbow Theatre and the African American Theatre Arts Troupe.

After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCSC, he returned to his community of Mendota. His newfound passion motivated him to inspire and transform his own hometown using the power of theatre. He founded Aqua Viva Theater in 2007, a Social Justice Theater Community Organization. He has directed shows from the fields of the Central Valley to the concrete streets of the Bay Area. Uplifting humanity, and transforming communities with the power of creative expression is his passion.

For leisure, Pedro works to create theatrical opportunities for communities in the Bay Area, rollerblades with his dog, Xcheetahra, and enjoys cooking and working out.


We are so excited to work with Marlena and Pedro! You can contact them at marlena@mustcreate.org and pedro@mustcreate.org with your Operations and Program needs.

Welcome to the team!



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