Klatzker to Lead Arts for LA

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

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The Board of Directors of Arts for LA is pleased to announce that Sofia Klatzker will be its new Executive Director, beginning in March 2015.  She will lead the executive management team and work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement policy and strategic initiatives and to guide our county, state, and nation-wide arts advocacy efforts.

The executive search firm Stanton Chase worked with Arts for LA’s internal search committee led by Leni Boorstin and David Burton and conducted a nationwide search, resulting in many quality candidates, with the Board of Directors unanimously selecting Ms. Klatzker.

“I’m proud of the due diligence we did in searching for our new leader. Sofia is an excellent choice to take Arts for LA into our next level of growth. Her intellectual currency and track work will serve the organization well. On behalf of my fellow board members, we look forward to working with Sofia,” said Debra J.T. Padilla, Chair of Arts for LA Board of Directors.

Sofia comes to Arts for LA with over 15 years of experience at various levels in arts education, arts policy and grant making programs.  Since 2003, she has led several successful initiatives within the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, working closely with various community partners including Arts for LA to develop LA County’s Arts for All program, a county-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum of local schools. In that role she developed the first Advocacy Manager position funded by the Wallace Foundation, created the framework for advocacy team training, added leadership to the Executive Committee board, and designed the online program to quickly mobilize advocates to protect and increase arts funding and programming in the schools.

“I am inspired by the work of Arts for LA, and honored to work with the staff, board, and funders to fulfill the organization’s mission,” said Klatzker. “The arts define our humanity, and Arts for LA is at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the local arts ecosystem, build coalitions and partnerships, and advocate for both arts education and quality of life for local residents. I am very excited by the important work ahead.”

For the past two years, Sofia has focused on increasing the distribution of public dollars, strengthening the services provided to arts organizations and artists, building relationships with arts funders and elected officials, and through the hiring of a new Research Manager, using evidence to advocate for larger budgets and increased resources for the field.

Sofia passionately believes that Arts for LA can have a pivotal role in ensuring the greater Los Angeles region is one in which government, education, business and residents value, support and fully integrate the arts—in all their diversity—into the fabric of civic life.

As a native of the San Fernando Valley, Sofia has developed deep roots in our community that cross cultural, social, and economic boundaries. She has strong relationships with arts leaders, school administrators, arts funders, elected/appointed officials and government employees throughout the county, and we know she will leverage those relationships to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture in the region may thrive and be accessible to all in Los Angeles.