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Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski Takes the Gavel As new Chair of The Music Center Board of Directors

Miscikowski Announces 5-Year Contract Extension for Music Center CEO Rachel S. Moore 

LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2019)—The Music Center Board of Directors announced that Cindy Miscikowski, civic leader, philanthropist and former Los Angeles City Councilmember, took the gavel as its chair, effective with the board’s October 16 meeting. Miscikowski has served as vice chair of the Board since 2017 and as chair of numerous committees and task forces since she joined the Board in 2006. She succeeds Lisa Specht, who held the position of board chair since 2013 and was instrumental in advancing the recent $41-million Music Center Plaza renovation; Specht was named chair emeritus by the board.

Among her first duties as chair, Miscikowski announced the board of directors’ unanimous decision to extend the existing contract of president and CEO Rachel S. Moore through 2024. Moore leads The Music Center, one of the nation’s largest performing arts organizations, by providing artistic direction for its artistic division, TMC Arts, which presents world-class dance performances, nationally recognized K–12 arts education programs and free and low-cost public concerts and events; and managing TMC Ops, which operates The Music Center’s four theatres, The Music Center Plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. Moore was recently named “CEO of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Women’s Council and Awards.

“I am honored to become chair of The Music Center at a pivotal time for the organization, on the heels of the opening of our beautiful new Plaza and as we work to redefine what it means to be a performing arts institution of the 21st century,” said Cindy Miscikowski, board chair, The Music Center. “I am also thrilled to be partnering with Rachel Moore, who is a visionary leader and the one articulating The Music Center’s unique value and its vision to serve the many communities in Los Angeles by deepening the cultural lives of every Angeleno. This vision is fulfilled by the performances that take place on the stages in our venues; the free, public programs hosted on the new Plaza and in Grand Park; the dining options offered in restaurants on The Music Center campus; and the impact of The Music Center’s multiplicity of arts education programs on students, educators and families county-wide. Most importantly, Rachel’s ambition for change is turning into action with a revitalized board, sizable campus improvements and expanded artistic experiences that are more culturally connected and representative of all residents. I join our entire board in saying how pleased we are to continue this journey with Rachel and am confident we’ll see more positive changes guided by her vision over the next six years.”

“Exciting things are happening at The Music Center, and it’s a wonderful time to be a part of a fantastic team that stretches from the mail room to the board room,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “Guided by our new strategic plan and vision to champion the arts for all people, we are committed to all in the County and have wholeheartedly embraced our responsibility as a cultural anchor and vital civic institution in the heart of Los Angeles.”

Since Moore assumed the role of president and CEO of The Music Center in October 2015, she established a new institutional structure that includes TMC Ops and TMC Arts, which helped position the organization to embrace both its operational and artistic roles. She also created a new executive position to lead TMC Arts with the focus of developing more programming that is reflective and responsive to the wide diversity and changing demographics of Los Angeles. She partnered closely with Lisa Specht to recruit new board members, focusing on women and people of color, and successfully diversified board composition from six percent to 33 percent, adding fresh dialogue, perspectives and skills to The Music Center’s strategic initiatives. She secured a long-term lease for The Music Center, which runs the performing arts center on behalf of the County in a public-private partnership. Moore also brought to fruition the long-standing plan to renovate The Music Center’s Plaza into a more open and progressive environment for county residents and visitors. She was key to the fundraising of the Plaza’s renovation and instrumental in securing the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ financial support; after a 20-month renovation, the Plaza reopened on August 28, 2019, to much community and civic fanfare. Moore also spearheaded the development of the TMC Arts Fund that endeavors to broaden access to the arts for all communities of Los Angeles through public programs, education and dance. The fund launched this past August with $14 million, which included a generous $12-million gift from Miscikowski and the Ring-Miscikowski/The Ring Foundation.

“Rachel Moore is a transformational leader who has the foresight to ask the tough questions and then create needed change,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who represents the First District, which includes The Music Center. “Having Cindy Miscikowski and Rachel Moore at the helm of The Music Center gives me confidence about the future of arts for all in L.A. County. I look forward to working with them and The Music Center to eliminate barriers and ensure greater access to the arts by increasing diversity, inclusion, and engagement.”

Joining Miscikowski in leadership positions on the board are longtime board member Robert Abernethy, chairman of American Standard Development Company, who remains as vice chair, and board member Darrell Brown, retired senior vice president of the Consumer Banking Group of U.S. Bank, who will now serve as the additional vice chair along with community leaders Diane G. Medina, who continues as secretary, and Susan M. Wegleitner as treasurer. Local U.S. Bank executive Carl Jordan joins The Music Center Board of Directors as a new member. He brings extensive financial management experience to the performing arts organization. Additionally, Thomas L. Beckmen, the founder of Roland Corp. U.S., joins the board as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Designee in his new role as chair of the board of the LA Phil, replacing Jay Rasulo.

Biographies

Cindy Miscikowski serves as chair of The Music Center Board of Directors. Currently chair of the Ring-Miscikowski Foundation/The Ring Foundation, a family philanthropic entity, Miscikowski has served in civic roles for more than 35 years in the City of Los Angeles in the fields of land use, planning and fiscal management. She was a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1997 to 2005. In July 2009, she was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as president of the L.A. Board of Harbor Commissioners and led the port in achieving record air quality improvement while maintaining its status as the largest port in the U.S. Miscikowski is widely recognized as an authority on urban planning; she spearheaded the adoption in 2005 of the new Master Plan for Los Angeles International Airport, which has allowed modernization to move forward. During her years in City Council, she focused on the purchase and preservation of thousands of acres of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains for public park and recreation uses, and served on the City Council’s Public Safety Committee for five years, where she led efforts to streamline the recruitment and hiring of police officers and to implement reforms of the federal Consent Decree at the Los Angeles Police Department. Her public policy expertise includes budget oversight, municipal finance and advocacy of citizen participation in government process. Miscikowski received a degree from UCLA in political science in 1970 and has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations. Since late 2009, she has been the general and managing partner of The Ring Group, responsible for a real estate portfolio of multi-family properties consisting of over 2,600 units of apartments and boat slips in the greater Los Angeles region. Miscikowski is also a member of the board of directors of the Hammer Museum; Genesis L.A., a non-profit community economic development institution; and the Board of Visitors for UCLA School of Art & Architecture.

Rachel S. Moore is president and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles’ premier performing arts center. She leads the $70 million company that manages The Music Center campus and Grand Park through TMC Ops and oversees The Music Center’s programming created by its programming engine, TMC Arts. She serves as presenter and curator of an internationally acclaimed dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, as well as several innovative programs, events and activities that are introducing new audiences to the performing arts. Additionally, she guides The Music Center’s multi-faceted K-12 arts education initiatives, which reach over 600,000 children and youth in Southern California. Moore joined The Music Center from American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where she most recently served as CEO since 2011 and as its executive director since 2004. She comes from the performing arts, having danced with ABT as a member of its corps de ballet from 1984–1988. Moore has served as director of Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (2001-2004); executive director of Project STEP, a classical music school for students of color in Boston; and managing director of Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has also held senior positions with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance, both in Washington, D.C. and was named CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Women’s Council & Awards. She is chair of the Performing Arts Center Consortium and an officer and trustee of the Economic Club of New York. She served on the advisory committee for the Los Angeles County Equity and Inclusion Initiative and on the L.A. 2028 Olympic Games Bid Committee. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association of Los Angeles among other board and committee responsibilities and is the author of a book, The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts (May 2016). She holds an A.B. in Ethics & Political Philosophy from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors (1992); and an M.A. in Arts Management from Columbia University (1994). She received an honorary doctorate in Musical Arts from the Colburn School.

Vice Chair Robert J. Abernethy is Chairman of American Standard Development Company, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments. Robert received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction from UCLA and was formerly the Controller of the Technology Division of Hughes Aircraft Company. Abernethy is a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Advanced International Studies (Washington and Bologna) as well as Trustees of Johns Hopkins University, Davidson College and Loyola Marymount University. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and is on the executive Board of the International Refugee Assistance Project. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Forum of CFR and the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Abernethy is a member of the Board of Trustees for Brookings and serves on the Boards of RAND Center for Global Risk & Security, New Leaders Council, Truman National Security Project, Integrity Initiatives International, Los Angeles World Affairs Council as well as Center for National Policy. He is also a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Council with the Center for American Progress. He serves on the UCLA Arts Board, UCLA Health Systems Board and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also Vice Chairman of the Music Center of Los Angeles. Abernethy served as Commissioner of California Transportation Commission, Los Angeles Telecommunications Commission, and Los Angeles Planning & Zoning Commission and was Director of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Water District. He was a Member of the California State Board of Education and of the California Arts Council.

Thomas L. Beckmen is the Chair of the Board for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Beckmen served on the LA Phil Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011 and from 2015 until the present. He currently serves on the Governance and Campaign committees. He also Chairs the YOLA Center Task Force. Beckmen's career began in 1958 after he opened a music store with his band director while still in college. He traveled the country for a decade as a salesman for C. Bruno and Sons, a musical instrument importer and distributor. In 1965, he and his wife Judy moved to California to open a distribution center for C. Bruno. Beckmen established his own distribution company in 1972, Beckmen Musical Instruments. Two years later, he changed the name to Roland Corp. U.S. to focus on the distribution and development of Roland and Boss projects in the U.S. With his keen insight, he envisioned that electronics would play an important role in the performance and production of music. He was able to establish Roland products as a leader in the industry. Beckmen sold Roland U.S. to its parent company, Roland Japan, and, after a short retirement, The Beckmen’s with their son, Steve, established Beckmen Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley, where they have been growing and producing wine since 1994. For more than 40 years, Tom and Judy Beckmen have been strong supporters of the arts and arts education. In addition to the LA Phil, Beckmen also served on the USC Thornton School of Music's Board of Councilors. He previously served on the boards of the Colburn School and The Music Center. He was educated at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and studied trombone at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The Beckmens have provided generous support to the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood and funded the associate principal trombone position. The Beckmens are Music Center Founders, as well as members of the William Andrews Clark Society.

Vice Chair Darrell Brown is a retired Senior Vice President of the Consumer Banking Group, which led the Greater Los Angeles Coastal Region of U.S. Bank. With over 40 years of leadership and management roles within the banking industry, he was responsible for strategic, tactical and profit and loss management for close to one hundred retail branch facilities and was the highest ranking African American in Retail Banking. He oversaw the Small Business, Mortgage, Affluent and Investment groups as they were integrated into his areas of responsibility. Additionally, Brown led the Customer Experience strategies for the Western States; he was a key liaison for Government Relations at the Federal, State and local levels; and was appointed as one of three Executive Sponsors for Diversity and Inclusion overseeing the design and implementation of D&I strategies for all of U.S. Bank. Brown is an alumnus of UCLA Extension and The Carlson School of Executive Management at the University of Minnesota. He has received many honors and awards including the Luis Lainer Founder’s Award presented by Bet Tzedek, the Leadership Award presented by the California Legislative Black Caucus and the “Outstanding Corporate Citizen” award presented by West Angeles Community Development Corporation. Brown continues to be actively involved in the community and sits on the boards of the African American Board Leadership Institute, Junior Achievement, CalAsian Chamber and Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce to name a few. He was also the Finance Chair and Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban League. Brown has dedicated his time for the children and youth of our community and works unceasingly to assist in providing brighter possibilities for their future.

 New board member Carl Jordan is the Executive Vice President and Regional Executive for U.S. Bank. Jordan has been in banking for over 39 years, including 26 years with U.S. Bank. He has served in various roles that include, branch management, small business sales management, district management and regional management of the U.S. Bank Southern California In-Store and Metropolitan branches. Jordan manages Consumer and Business Banking for the Southern California region. The region covers Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego markets. He oversees 370 branches, over 2,700 employees and a total of $16 billion in deposits. Jordan is involved and active in many community organizations and non-profits that include serving on the board of directors for the Discovery Cube Orange County. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for The LGBT Center of Orange County since 2017. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (CA) and currently chairs their capital campaign committee. He has traveled to Bangladesh and Vietnam on International Builds for Habitat for Humanity. Jordan attended Long Beach State University and in 2008 graduated CBA’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at Furman University in South Carolina.

 About The Music Center
The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts) and The Music Center Operations (TMC Ops). TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on The Music Center Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—and in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.

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