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Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director

Gustavo was appointed as Arts for LA’s Executive Director in December 2018.  Prior to working with us, he was the Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles (YI), where he was responsible for leading YI’s California offices, including its West Coast expansion. As director, he set strategic direction and advanced YI’s policy priorities on health care, higher education, jobs, and civic engagement for the region.

Before starting at Young Invincibles, Gustavo was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), overseeing the day-to-day operation of a county museum, including the oversight of a master plan committee responsible for strategically developing three acres of additional museum campus. From 2010-2012, Gustavo led the Maestro Foundation, a classical music and performance arts foundation, as the Director of Organizational Development. Between 2007-2010, he assessed and recommended business growth strategies in the US marketplace for the global Fortune 500 Company, American Honda Motors, Co.

Gustavo holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from American Jewish University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in socio-politics and economics and Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara. Gustavo served on the Board of Directors of the Create: Fixate Arts Organization (2006-2010). He is a current Strong Workforce Implementation Advisory Board Member for the California Community Colleges, Advisory Board Member for the California Physician’s Alliance and founding Board Member of Silverlake Forward.

K.C. Buller
Development and Communications Associate

KC joins the Arts for LA team from Seattle, Washington, where she recently finished her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. KC has always been passionate about theater arts - from performing to stage management to design - but is even more excited to begin advocating for all art forms and artists. While she defines her own art form as "arts facilitation," that is, arts administration and artist support, KC's academic and theatrical background have prepared her most for this role within Arts for LA and her larger art form of supporting all things art.

Prior to her work and education in Seattle, KC attended the University of California Santa Barbara, where she codified her artistic passions by stage managing and serving as a community relations intern for the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance, while earning her degree in Communication. In her spare time, KC can be found consuming as much art as possible - finding new music and movies, going to shows, and exploring Los Angeles.

Annais Linares
Project Associate

Annais Linares, a recent graduate, is ecstatic to have joined the Arts for LA staff. She received her BFA in Experimental Pop with a minor in Digital Arts from CalArts, as well as Music and Humanities degrees from Pasadena City College. While music is her dearest form of expression, she is passionate about promoting all arts as fundamental to life. Her Guatemalan-Korean background has led her to have an interest in cross-cultural events, which she believes is a powerful asset to Los Angeles communities. She loves to share within performance as a means of connecting with the people and space around her, and is currently working on a few musical projects to bring those moments to life. She has had the opportunity to record at Capitol Records, perform at the Troubadour and participate in the Walt Disney Imagineering Education Initiative 2018. In her spare time, Annais indulges in poetry, philosophy and attending shows.