Maureen Droney, the Sr. Managing Director of the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, is a former recording engineer on GRAMMY winning albums for artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Santana, as well as critically acclaimed recordings for John Hiatt, Tower of Power and more, along with two Billboard Top 10 dance records. She has a degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from California State University, San Francisco and has taught audio seminars for companies including ABC and CBS Television. She has also worked in both artist and studio management, was the longtime Los Angeles editor for Mix magazine, has written hundreds of audio-related magazine articles and three published books. Her most recent book, co-written with its subject, was released in November 2018 to rave reviews. Titled Al Schmitt on the Record: The Magic Behind the Music, it chronicles the life and career of the most awarded recording engineer in history.