Laura Zucker
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  • Degrees
    BA, English, Barnard College
  • Research Interests
    Arts management, Nonprofits

Laura Zucker is a nationally recognized arts leader whose expertise spans cultural policy, capital project master planning, arts education, civic art, cultural tourism, and funding strategies. She is a senior associate with AEA Consulting, a global firm setting the standard in strategy and planning for the cultural and creative industries. She served more than two decades as executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. In that capacity, Zucker 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, shaping the regional cultural calendar on; and completing the $70 million revitalization of the Ford Amphitheatre. 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 the executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning Holiday Celebration. Zucker spearheaded the addition of Los Angeles County to the World Cities Culture Report and Forum, a global initiative.

Prior to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Zucker was executive director of the Ventura Arts Council and producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for 10 years. During that time, she produced more than 30 plays new to Los Angeles and served as chair of the Associated Theatres of Los Angeles. She has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts and many regional theatres.

Zucker served as director of the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Management program from 2008 to 2014. She is a member of the Trusteeship, the Southern California Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and the LA Coalition for Jobs and the Economy. She is a past board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, the Trusteeship, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. She was a founding member of the board of Arts Inc., which named an annual fellowship for cultural policy and research in her honor. She received a BA from Barnard College.


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