Our Keynote Speaker, Danielle Brazell, is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (CA), reporting directly to the Mayor and leading a full time staff of 85 and a part-time staff of 200. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive arts agency’s: Assistant General Manager; Director of Marketing, Development, and Design Strategy; and its Public Art Division, Grants Administration Division, Community Arts Division, Performing Arts Program, and General Administration and Support Program directors to oversee a $125 million portfolio of facilities, capital improvement projects, grants, educational initiatives, and programming providing arts and cultural services in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Prior to being appointed to this position in the summer of 2014, Ms.
Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in the region. During her tenure, she transitioned the organization from an ad-hoc steering committee comprised of local executive arts leadership, to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell’s additional professional experience also includes working as the Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and as the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.