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Josephine Ramirez

Executive Vice President
The Music Center/The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California

Josephine Ramirez is a senior level nonprofit arts professional with 30+ years of experience in programming, management, and grantmaking. She is Executive Vice President at The Music Center/The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, leading strategic, comprehensive, and impact measurement rigor in the development of all TMC arts programming, which includes an international professional dance residency and concert series, free and low-cost participatory arts learning experiences, an international professional dance concert series, as well as outdoor festivals, and music and dancing events in school and neighborhood locations county-wide, at an adjacent 12-acre park (Grand Park) and on the 35,000 square foot Jerry Moss Plaza. Her work at The Music Center also includes development of a creative workforce initiative for young adults, a digital technology innovation initiative, and a US/Canadian BIPOC fellows program aimed at transforming performing arts centers’ leadership.  

Previously she was the Arts Program Director at the James Irvine Foundation, awarding an average of $18 million per year in rural and urban California. She conceived, developed, launched, and implemented a new strategic direction that supported grantees’ organizational transformation and a renewal of the arts nonprofit field through a focus on relevance, diversity and sustainability. Ms. Ramirez also held philanthropic and research roles at The Getty in Los Angeles, managing undergraduate and international graduate internships and grantmaking portfolios related to arts policy, local cultural organizations, organizational capacity building, arts education research, and museum collections cataloguing. At the Getty Research Institute she initiated and led research about art-based community building among recent immigrants. She served multiple terms as a Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Commissioner and as a founding Commissioner of the El Pueblo Historic District. Ramirez is a Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship alumni, a 2003 award that supported her investigation of informal, nonprofessional art making and its relationship to individual and community vitality.