Laura ZuckerSenior Associate, Los Angeles
Laura Zucker is a nationally recognized arts leader whose expertise spans cultural policy, capital project master planning, arts education, public art, cultural tourism, and funding strategies. She served more than two decades as executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. In that capacity, Laura managed the civic art policy for the largest county in the United States and directed the funding for more than 400 arts organizations. Major accomplishments during her tenure include: implementing the regional initiative to restore arts education to 81 public school districts; completing a strategic plan for Cultural Equity and Inclusion that resulted in actionable recommendations; heading the California Cultural Tourism Initiative and shaping the regional cultural calendar on DiscoverLA.com; and completing the $70 million revitalization of the Ford Amphitheatre. Ms. Zucker also authored a regional study of individual artists as part of the California Arts Council’s economic impact study on the arts. She created the largest paid arts internship program for undergraduates in the country in conjunction with the Getty Trust, and was executive producer of the Emmy® Award winning Holiday Celebration.
Prior to the Arts Commission, Laura was executive director of the Ventura Arts Council and producing director of the Back Alley Theatre. During that time, she served as Chair of the Associated Theatres of Los Angeles. She consulted with the National Endowment for the Arts and developed operational plans for many theatres, including the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara and the Keck Theatre at Occidental College.
Laura is a senior fellow in the Masters in Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University where she teaches a master class in cross sector work in the arts and where she served as program director from 2008-2014.
She has served on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, the Association of Arts Administration Educators, ARTS Inc., and the Trusteeship, the Southern California Chapter of the International Women's Forum. She was a founding board member of Arts for LA, which created an annual fellowship in her honor: the Laura Zucker Cultural Policy Fellowship. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for Jobs and the Economy. In 2017 Americans for the Arts designated her for the Selina Roberts Ottum Award, which recognizes an individual working in arts management who has made a meaningful contribution to his or her local community and who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.