RAC Announces Executive Director Search

May 22, 2020

St. Louis, Missouri (May 22, 2020) – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has retained Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of an Executive Director for RAC. Isaacson Miller is one of the country’s premier executive search firms. It has more than 38 years of experience in recruiting senior leaders for some of the top visual and performing arts and cultural organizations, foundations and grantmaking organizations, health and human service agencies, community economic development organizations, advocacy organizations, and educational institutions.

Mont Levy, chairman of the Regional Arts Commission, appointed a search committee comprised of Commissioners. Cheryl D.S. Walker, vice-chairman of the Regional Arts Commission serves as chair of the search committee. Other members of the committee include Commissioners: Rosalind Johnson, Vin Ko, Cynthia Kohlbry, Mont Levy, Andrea Purnell, and John Russell.

“With Isaacson Miller’s extensive experience with local, regional and national arts and culture organizations, and foundations, along with its deep commitment to recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations, we believe we have found the best partner to assist us in recruiting the right person for this influential and visible position,” said Cheryl Walker.

The Commission seeks an Executive Director who is a skilled leader and proven manager to lead RAC at a critical point in its history, offering boundless engagement, creativity, and guidance to both the organization and the multifaceted community it serves.

“The next executive director of RAC will inherit our new strategic plan, designed to take the organization into the year 2025. This is a unique opportunity for devising ways to implement aspects of an ambitious vision for the future of RAC and the St. Louis arts ecosystem,” said Mont Levy. Interim Executive Director, Celia Hosler will continue serving as Interim Executive Director during this transitional time.
Rebecca Swartz and David Ferguson, consultants with Isaacson Miller, will provide counsel to the search committee throughout the course of the search. Potential candidates or nominations should be directed to www.imsearch.com/7508

About Regional Arts Commission
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) supports artists and arts organizations through grantmaking, strategic initiatives and other programs that build capacity, improve quality and advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the region’s arts and culture sector. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2020, RAC has been pivotal in nurturing the vibrant art scene throughout St. Louis, awarding more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million since its inception in 1985. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County,  RAC prioritizes quality in its support of nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists, and programs and promotes partnerships that strengthen the sector and drive progress throughout the region. RAC receives its funding from hotel/motel room sales tax revenue from St. Louis City and County. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.
 
About Isaacson Miller
Since 1982, Isaacson, Miller has recruited for the leadership of the nation’s civic infrastructure. The company has approximately 200 employees, two-thirds of whom are search professionals, located in their Boston headquarters and in offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Clients include leading colleges and universities, foundations, human service agencies, research institutes, academic medical centers, economic development enterprises, arts and cultural groups, conservation and environmental organizations, and social justice and other national advocacy organizations.

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