BA, Barnard College
Yale School of Drama
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, Ms. 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 (www.lacountyarts.org/ceii-report); heading the California Cultural Tourism Initiative, shaping the regional cultural calendar on DiscoverLA.com; and completing the $70 million revitalization of the Ford Amphitheatre. 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. Ms. Zucker spearheaded the addition of Los Angeles County to the global initiative, the World Cities Culture Report and Forum. Prior to the Arts Commission, Ms. Zucker was executive director of the Ventura Arts Council and producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten 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 with the National Endowment for the Arts and many regional theatres. Ms. Zucker served as director of the Masters in Arts Management program from 2008-2014.
Ms. Zucker was a founding board member of Arts for LA, which created an annual fellowship in her honor: the Laura Zucker Cultural Policy Fellowship. In 2017 Americans for the Arts designated her for the Selina Roberts Ottum Award, which recognizes an individual working in arts management who has made a meaningful contribution to his or her local community and who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities.