Preparing Boards and Commissions for Systems Change

Friday, June 14, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Transforming your organization requires tackling the core of your day-to-day work, which can be difficult for staff and board/commission members. How do you prepare your board/commission to become advocates and allies for systemic change, resource redistribution, and organizational transformation?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how systemic change happens, and why systemic inertia is real.
  2. Explore the unique challenges in educating board/commission members, including demographic information, knowledge base, and their unique role in keeping an "even keel."
  3. Talk specifically about what skills staff leaders need to succeed, and what resources, outside voices, and expertise are available.


Alexis Hill
Arts, Culture, and Events Manager
City of Reno
Reno, Nevada

Alexis Hill manages the City of Reno's Arts, Culture and Events Department at the City of Reno. Her background in governmental regulations, special events, and as a non-profit leader makes her passionate about how special events and arts and culture transform cities. Hill earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and her Master’s in Public Administration from UNR.

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.

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Charlotte, North Carolina

With over 35 years experience, Robert is a nationally known for his work the local arts  agency field.  Since 2000, he served in numerous leadership roles at ASC prior to being named president in 2014.  Before joining ASC, Bush was the president and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, NC and Arts United in Fort Wayne, IN.  He holds a B.S. and  a M.A. with a concentration in Community Education from Appalachian State University.  Bush has served on the faculty of the MAAA program at Goucher College and is currently on the faculty of the MPA program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.  He was recognized by AFTA with the 2014 Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership and was  named to the 2014 and 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.

Teniqua Broughton
VerveSimone Consulting LLC
Phoenix, Arizona