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Executive Director

Mitch Menchaca was named the executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras in 2016.

Prior to California, Mitch was the vice president of membership & COO at Chorus America, the national advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers. He was charged with understanding and implementing the vision and philosophy of the association and working with staff to coordinate efforts to advance the organization and its strategic goals and objectives. He led the operations of the organization including financial management, membership, communications, and human resources. In tandem, Mitch took the lead in planning and implementing Chorus America’s annual conference, management institutes, online learning programs, and annual research and advocacy projects.

Before Chorus America, he served as the director of local arts advancement at Americans for the Arts, where he guided a team of professionals serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 local arts agencies by delivering programs and services in the areas of public art, arts education, leadership development, and civic engagement. Mitch led the planning and execution of the organization’s annual convention, leadership councils, awards program, and the local arts executive leadership symposiums at the Aspen Institute and the Sundance Institute.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., he was the senior director of grants and programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where he administered a portfolio of more than 300 grantees from all artistic disciplines, with budgets ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million.

Mitch is the past chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); president of the Robert E. Gard Foundation; and is on the executive committee and board of directors of DataArts (formally the Cultural Data Project). He is a past fellow and faculty coach for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national political training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change.

Mitch studied theater and vocal music at Central Arizona College, earned a Bachelor's of liberal studies at Arizona State University, completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota, and is currently completing a Master's of nonprofit leadership and management at Arizona State University.