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Laura Zucker

Claremont Graduate University
Senior Fellow
Claremont, California
In addition to being a senior fellow in the Masters in Arts Management program at CGU, Laura Zucker is executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest County in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. The Arts Commission funds almost 400 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, implements Arts for All, the regional initiative dedicated to restoring arts education to 81 public school districts, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the Emmy®Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration broadcast on public television. In 2013, Ms. Zucker spearheaded the addition of LA County to the global initiative World Cities Culture Forum, and she recently attended the first (and unrelated) global Culture Summit to bring together arts leaders from around the world in Abu Dhabi. She's been particularly active in cultural tourism initiatives and cross sector work in the arts, exploring how the arts can address intractable social sector issues. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and The Trusteeship, the Los Angeles branch of the International Women's Forum, and formerly served on AAAE's board. She was previously the Executive Director of the Ventura Arts Council and was producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years. Ms. Zucker received a B.A. in English from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.