Vinson Valega



  • Creative entrepreneurial skills as founder of two small businesses and a non-profit corporation

  • Proven leadership expertise as Project Manager in music and visual arts sectors

  • Extensive expertise as Media Producer in website design and video production & editing

  • Accomplished grant writer and copy editor

  • Professional career as jazz drummer, composer, and educator






Founder and Owner, Mill City Profiles


  • Design Squarespace websites for top-tier arts professionals, academics, non-profits, and small businesses.

  • Consult with clients to copy-edit website content, including image and video placement. 

  • Utilize extensive knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques and custom coding.

  • Produce and edit videos for visual artists, musicians, non-profits, and seniors (legacy videos), creating profiles through creative storytelling.

  • Extensive knowledge of Final Cut X.

  • Created and manage website:



Project Manager, Louden Studio


  • Submit RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for public art proposals by visual artist, Sharon Louden.

  • Produce all aspects leading up to installation of public art projects, including budgeting, preparation, materials research & acquisition, hiring & managing all labor. 

  • Install temporary and permanent large scale sculptures in museums and public buildings, utilizing budgets between $50,000 - $450,000.

  • Consult on and write grants multiple times per year, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

  • Process and manage all images relating to work that appears online and in print.

  • Co-produced two extensive conversational book tours featuring Louden publications, totaling 162 stops across the United States and abroad (2013-18).

  • Created and manage two websites: &



Lead Director, Glowtown


  • Manage educational workshops for children that teach sustainability by utilizing recycled material and trash objects to build fantastical towns that glow in the dark.

  • Consult on all aspects of collaborations with museums, arts centers, libraries, and local schools across the country, including budgeting, writing grants, logistical support, materials acquisition, etc.

  • Produced and volunteered time and services for ten workshops in one week in Greensburg, KS, helping the community recover from the devastation of an F5 tornado. 

  • Achieved school-wide involvement with over 200 students between 3rd and 12th grade in Greensburg, KS, exhibiting the final 150 square-foot “Glowtown” at the Kansas State Fair.

  • Designed and manage website:



Founder and Owner, Just Jazz


  • Provide live jazz ensembles for corporate events, private parties, weddings, and fundraising benefits throughout the New York Metropolitan area and across the United States.

  • Consult on all aspects of event with client, including scheduling, sound systems, repertoire, instrumentation, and size of band, ranging from solo guitar to vocal quartet to big band, etc.

  • Created and manage website:



Freelance Jazz Musician, Drummer, Composer & Educator


  • Perform, tour, and record as sideman and leader (jazz clubs, festivals, new recordings, etc).

  • Recorded four CDs as leader which are distributed through Consilience Productions on all downloading and streaming services (Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, etc).

  • Received approximately 20 reviews of recordings in top jazz publications.

  • Teach students of all ages and experience levels, including as staff member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Palo Alto, CA.



Founder and Executive Director, Consilience Productions, Inc.


  • Converted jazz record label into a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to increasing civic engagement through live jazz and activism.

  • Produced “Consilience Awareness Concert Series” that combined live jazz performances with presentations by other non-profits, such as Solar One, Coalition for the Homeless, Sustainable Flatbush, The $10 Club, Common Cause, Citizen Action, etc.

  • Achieved marked increase in volunteer participation to support programming around environmental, good governance, poverty alleviation, and other social issues.

  • Authored four concurrent blogs from 2003-2016 resulting in over 1,000 entries devoted to current issues in the following topics: Music, Democracy, Earth, & Money.

  • Produced and distributed four CD recordings as a leader (jazz drummer/composer) and co-produced another for a women-led Latin-jazz group.

  • Organized multiple tours of the Vinson Valega Group across America and abroad, including jazz festivals and clubs.

  • Designed and manage website:




Commodities Floor Trader: Senior Market Maker


  • Traded Cotton Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies at proprietary trading firm on New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) & International Commodity Exchange (ICE).

  • Implemented daily risk analysis plans based on macroeconomic developments and daily movement of futures to arbitrage volatility levels between dozens of monthly options series.

  • Leveraged vast knowledge of statistical modeling, technical analysis of historical resistance & support levels, and preternatural trading instincts to drive profitability during regular floor trading hours and after-hours electronic trading.

  • Initiated & cultivated profitable relationships with major international brokerage houses.

  • Exploited deep knowledge of regulatory environments impacting futures & options markets. 

  • Trained assistants to become floor traders.

  • Ranked as one of top traders by volume and profit.


Currency & Commodities Floor Trader: Market Maker


  • Traded Oil Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies at proprietary trading firm on New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

  • Traded Currency Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies for Cooper Neff proprietary firm on Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX).

  • Assisted senior traders in support role which included data collection, coordinating delivery of trading sheets, computing risk analysis reports, and executing trading instructions.






Jazz Performance Professional Diploma 

Mannes College at The New School



Bachelor of Arts, Economics

University of Pennsylvania





2006-2016 Grammy Academy, BMI, Chamber Music America





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