Mitch Menchaca

Executive Director
City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture
Phoenix, Arizona

Mitch Menchaca was appointed as the executive director for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture in 2018. An Arizona native, he relocated from Phoenix to Washington, DC in 2009 to lead the Local Arts Advancement Department at Americans for the Arts, where he guided a team of professionals serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 local arts agencies. Before 2009, he served as the senior director of grants and programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts where he administered an extensive portfolio of grants from all artistic disciplines. Mitch garnered executive leadership by most recently serving as the executive director for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and served as the first chief operating officer for Chorus America, a national arts service organization. He is the past chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); is on the advisory board for DataArts (formally the Cultural Data Project); and was just appointed by the Governor of Arizona as the arts and culture committee chair for the Arizona Mexico Commission. Mitch earned a Bachelor of Arts in public administration and is completing a Masters of nonprofit leadership and management at Arizona State University.