Welcome to our new Board Member, Matisse!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Matisse Bustos Hawkes, VRC’s Vice Chair, is a strategic communications professional with two decades of experience serving the arts, non-profit and social justice communities. Most recently she served as Associate Director of Communications and Engagement at WITNESS, the human rights organization founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel that supports people worldwide to use video and technology for social change. In 2019 she founded Otro Lado Communications which partners with filmmakers, human rights advocates, journalists, technologists, philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations to develop creative and effective communications strategies.


A native of Southern California, Matisse made her way to Vermont via New York City, and lives in Middlesex with her family. She enjoys as much time at reservoirs, lakes and swimming holes as the short, but beautiful, Vermont summers allow. She joined the VRC board in 2018.

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