Mari brings more than 25 years’ experience in executive positions at nonprofits working in community economic development, performing arts, and adult literacy/education most recently as Program Director of Community Partners. As the former president/CEO of Centro Latino for Literacy, she received a 2014 James Irvine Leadership Award in recognition of her work bringing thousands of non-literate Spanish speakers online. She has served as Executive Director for Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, the Coalition for Women’s Economic Development and TELACU Community Capital. Mari holds an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Brown University.
Her unique link to Grand Performances began as a performer on GP’s stage in 1996. She has the rare distinction of being associated with the organization as a performer, a patron and supporter, and now as Grand Performances’ Executive Director.
(Season Started 2019)
John brings nearly a decade of nonprofit development experience working for various organizations including A Community of Friends, a housing agency, and several Southern California museums. He also has more than 20 years of experience in communications working for both corporations and public relations agencies including the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Technicolor, and more. John holds an M.A. in History and B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Northridge.
Zindy Landeros Valle
Zindy Landeros Valle, Office Administrator, known to take care of business, works the front and back office at Grand Performances. Most of the time you will catch her behind a computer, but if you don’t it is because she is outside enjoying the performances in the beautiful summer weather.
Monique Fisher has worked in the arts and non-profits for over a decade. Her experience is wide ranging. She has worked in the box office and alongside the development and marketing departments at such institutions as the Pasadena Playhouse, the Ford Amphitheatre, Long Beach Opera and the Skirball Cultural Center. Monique holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Los Angeles. She is very excited to be part of the Grand Performances team.
Grand Performances’ mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts.