⇨ Lenore Naxon
Are arts leaders born or made? In Lenore's case, the answer is "Yes—both!"
Lenore has been passionate about the arts and performance for as long as she can remember. At eight, she began attending Interlochen Arts Center, the celebrated arts camp in Michigan, where she met kindred spirits and began to develop her talents.
In her professional life, Lenore has envisioned, created, staffed, and directed projects of all sizes, from $2,500 residencies to $3 million institutional programs. During her 20 years at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco she coordinated an $85 million capital campaign that encompassed individual, institutional, and community solicitations as well as fundraising events ranging from huge public gatherings to intimate house parties.
Lenore’s deep experience encompasses virtually every stage of performing arts development and execution: from vision to fundraising, from staffing to marketing, and from facility planning to audience engagement.
She later earned a theater degree from Syracuse University and an MFA in arts administration from SMU.
One prominent example:
As director of the JCCSF’s Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, she created the vision for a multidisciplinary arts presenting program; managed its $2.4 million annual budget; oversaw theater planning and venue development; hired and supervised a staff of 14; coordinated outside consultants and volunteer committees; stewarded an annual major donor campaign; curated, marketed, and managed more than 50 mainstage performances; and produced fundraising events with net annual revenues of $500,000. Within five years, audiences had grown to 30,000 and the program had achieved local and national prominence and attracted widespread critical acclaim.
As president of California Presenters, the West Coast’s preeminent consortium of performing arts centers, Lenore has led the organization through a period of outstanding growth and transformation.
Among her achievements: innovative programs, record-breaking membership rolls, and nationally recognized professional-development tracks.
The first management fellow ever funded by the National Opera Institute, she continues to lead, manage and engage in seminars, retreats, workshops, conferences, and learning opportunities presented through APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters), WAA (Western Arts Alliance), WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), CP (California Presenters), and JCCA (Jewish Community Centers of North America).