Please Welcome, Tess Mangum Ocaña

We are SO PLEASED to announce that we have hired Tess Mangum Ocaña to help DCP get better connected to the community through social media and help with the ever growing activity happening in Durham Central Park!  Over the last ten years, you’ve probably heard of Tess through her involvement in music venues around the Triangle area.  Tess comes to us with TONS of non-profit experience, knowledge and enthusiasm and is already making her mark on our organization.  Read more about her background below.  Welcome to the DCP team, Tess!


Tess is a Durham resident and seventh-generation North Carolinian. Though she grew up in a musical family (her grandmother, Kate Mangum, taught Randy Travis how to play guitar and and great-uncle Homer Briarhopper was fortunate to call Doc Watson a fan), she always felt her role in the family business was behind the scenes. She holds degrees from UNC-CH and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Ocaña served as Concerts Director & Facility Rental Coordinator of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, from 2002-2012 and developed the critically-acclaimed American Roots Series. A 2012 Indy Arts Award winner, Tess launched her own events, production and promotion company, Sonic Pie Productions in February. She lives with her husband, a citizen of Spain, and their two young, bilingual sons. When not talking, reading, writing or thinking about music, she likes to make a run for the nearest whitewater kayaking spot.