Laura Zucker

Arts Management Consultant
Sherman Oaks, California

Laura Zucker is a nationally recognized arts leader whose expertise spans cultural policy, capital project master planning, arts education, public art, cultural tourism, and funding strategies. She served for 25 years as executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. In that capacity, Laura 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, heading the California Cultural Tourism Initiative; creating the largest paid arts internship program for undergraduates in the country, and completing the $70 million revitalization of the Ford Amphitheatre. She also was executive producer of the Emmy® Award winning Holiday Celebration. Prior to the Arts Commission, Laura was executive director of the Ventura Arts Council and producing director of the Back Alley Theatre. During   She has served on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, and was a founding board member of Arts for LA, which created an annual fellowship in her honor. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.