Ted Russell, Associate Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures

Ted Russell is Associate Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He works in close partnership with the Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures to develop and implement new initiatives. Ted manages elements of the Arts Program’s portfolio and advances learning and evaluation processes, including documenting and sharing knowledge about promising practices.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ted was an organizational consultant who specialized in working with arts and cultural organizations and funders. He also served as the Senior Program Officer for the Arts Program at the James Irvine Foundation from 2005-2016. Earlier in his career, Ted was Director of Marketing at Montalvo Arts Center, Audience Development Manager for the San Francisco Symphony, Annual Fund Director at the La Jolla Playhouse, and Managing Director of Malashock Dance. In 2016, Ted was named a Faces of Theatre Bay Area 40@40 Celebration Honoree as one 40 community members who have changed the face of theater in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ted serves on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts and is on the advisory councils of the Center for Cultural Innovation and California College of the Arts’ Center for Art + Public Life, and the advisory board of Our City. Ted is a founding board member of 43rd & 44th Street Garden, a community garden in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.

Ted has a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA in Arts Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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