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BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program

The BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program supports the growth of future C-suite executives including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers and chief advancement/chief development officers. According to the LACNA Foundation, while 53% of principal administrators of major performing arts centers are female, only 7% of that population of arts leaders are BIPOC, and only 16% of the leadership teams of these organizations include BIPOC representation. With the goal of "30 by 30", 30% BIPOC representation in the c-suite by 2030, the BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program tackles this challenge head-on as a statement of commitment from these organizations to change their cultures and to diversify their leadership. The program will help recognize and support the myriad qualified BIPOC arts professionals who are viable candidates for senior roles positions and strengthen their capacities to lead large civic cultural organizations into the future.


Fellows will benefit from a multifaceted and experienced-based curriculum with five interlocking components: training on leadership theory and practice, residencies-in-practice at participating performing arts centers, one-on-one leadership coaching, networking opportunities and participation in a leadership summit.

Throughout the program, the fellows will explore ways to transform anchor performing arts organizations to become more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible and reflective of the communities they serve. They will participate in workshops with Stanford faculty and engage with leadership of Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, as well as its performing arts presenting organization, Stanford Live.

Each fellow will work with a dedicated coach from NAS, which has created a first-of-its-kind cohort of coaches who are arts and culture leaders themselves and have the lived experience needed to support clients working to redefine the structures, practices and policies of the status quo; the fellows will also have direct access to performing arts center CEOs in both the U.S. and Canada. Each will also receive a stipend to support their continued professional development once the program concludes.


Co-Chair: Kendra Ingram, CEO
Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI

Co-Chair: Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President
TMC Arts, The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA 

Rachel S. Moore, President & CEO
The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

Deborah F. Rutter, President
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

John Schreiber, President & CEO
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

Joan Squires, President
Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha, NE

Jennifer Turner, President & CEO
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN

Carol Wallace, President & CEO
San Diego Theatres, Inc.


Rebekah Boggs, Project Coordinator, AMS Planning & Research

Gail Crider, President & CEO, NAS

Dr. Deryn Dudley, Director, Learning, Evaluation and Engagement, NAS

Kendra Ingram, CEO, Marcus Performing Arts Center

Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President, TMC Arts, The Music Center

Anne Shulock, Assistant Vice President for the Arts, Stanford University

Steven Wolff, Founding Principal, AMS Planning & Research


Seed project funding for the program is provided by the performing arts centers themselves with additional support from Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

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