Laura Zucker has been Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission since 1992. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Center for Management in the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Zucker serves on the cultural tourism committee for the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs (The L.A. Coalition), which focuses its efforts on initiatives to spur economic growth and job creation in the region. She also serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, is an officer of the Ford Theatre Foundation board and was a founding member of the board of Arts for LA. She was previously the Executive Director of the Ventura Arts Council and was producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years. Ms. Zucker received a B.A. in English from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.
Leticia Rhi Buckley
Director of Communications and Marketing
Leticia Rhi Buckley is responsible for developing, implementing and managing comprehensive integrated communications for Arts Commission programs and services. Prior to joining the Arts Commission, Ms. Buckley held a senior marketing position with Cirque du Soleil where she developed and led all marketing and publicity strategies for the company’s first resident production in Los Angeles. She was the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, leading the team responsible for branding and marketing the Center’s family and participatory arts programs, and dance series. Previously, Ms. Buckley founded a successful boutique marketing and public relations firm specializing in Latino outreach and engagement. She serves on the LA Tourism Marketing Committee, is a recent fellow of the Leadership L.A. program, and previously managed a Latino marketing research project for The James Irvine Foundation. Ms. Buckley received her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.
Director of Grants and Professional Development
Anji Gaspar-Milanovic oversees the Organizational Grant Program, Community Impact Arts Grant Program, Arts Internship Program, professional development, special initiatives designed to increase the capacity of the arts sector and connecting regional arts funders. Prior to joining the Arts Commission in 2007, Ms. Gaspar-Milanovic worked in development at Saint Joseph Ballet and held several positions at the American Red Cross of Orange County, including Public Relations Specialist, Bilingual Public Information Officer and Disaster Services Caseworker. Fluent in several languages, she received a B.A. in Latin American Studies and French Literature from Lake Forest College and attended Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in Latin American Studies.
Director of Civic Art
Grace Ramirez Gaston is responsible for planning, developing and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country, with over 40 active projects, ranging in size from $10,000 to $1 million. The Civic Art Program, which began in 2005, allocates 1% of county capital projects for public art. The Director of Civic Art develops and articulates a broad vision for the program and oversees a team of project managers, a collections manager, a registrar and a program coordinator. A graduate of Rowan University with a degree in fine arts, Ms. Ramirez Gaston was the Deputy Director and Program Manager for the New York City School Construction Authority, Public Art for Public Schools Program.
Director of Arts Education
Denise oversees the implementation of Arts for All, developing strategies for bringing about systemic change in school districts in Los Angeles County to implement quality K-12 arts education. She represents Arts for All locally, statewide and nationally, and spearheads regional efforts to advance arts education for LA County’s 1.6 million students. Prior to the Arts Commission, Denise was Director of Programs and Strategic Partnership for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center in New York. During her 20 years at The Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County she played a leadership role in program design, implementation, research and evaluation. Denise received her BA from UCLA in dance and was a Coro Fellow through the California Arts Council’s Arts Leadership Fellow Program.
Director of Research and Evaluation
Bronwyn Mauldin oversees a Research and Evaluation team that utilizes data and social science methods to improve the Arts Commission’s work and strengthen the arts ecology. Ms. Mauldin has spent her career conducting applied research and evaluation for nonprofits, philanthropies and government. She also teaches research methods to graduate students in the arts administration program at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to coming to LACAC, Ms. Mauldin evaluated farmworker programs in California’s Central Valley, studied employment conditions for truck drivers in the Pacific Northwest, analyzed apprenticeship opportunities in the healthcare industry, served as a nonpartisan policy analyst in the Washington State House of Representatives and researched villager organizing in rural northeast Thailand. Ms. Mauldin has a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. She is also a novelist.