After an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Directors of Grand Performances is delighted to announce the appointment of Mari Riddle to the position of Executive Director for Grand Performances. Ms. Riddle will replace Michael Alexander who will retire after nearly 30 years of service.

    “We’re so pleased to welcome Mari into the Grand Performances family and know we have found the perfect person to lead this dedicated organization with three successful decades of serving Los Angeles into a bright future,” said Board Chair Rahul Marwah. “We’d also like to thank Michael for his leadership and enthusiasm for Grand Performances. His direction has made Grand Performances into one of the most respected performing arts entities in the country.”

    Mari’s professional credits include more than 25 years of executive management for philanthropic organizations; developing and implementing programs, launching special initiatives and events, and developing board and staff. In her leadership role, she has advocated for adult literacy, women’s economic development, and cultural arts to name just a few. Her community excellence has been recognized. Mari is a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, Southern CA Edison and Center for Nonprofit Management Executive Nonprofit Leadership Award and was named a Rising Star by the L.A. Latino Chamber of Commerce.

    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.

    “Im thrilled to be building on the legacy of founding Executive Director Michael Alexander, working with Grand Performances to expand the scope and reach of our programming and presenting the most diverse array of artistic voices possible,” said Ms. Riddle.  “I look forward to partnering with the Board and Staff at Grand Performances, talking with our constituents and connecting even more people to the eclectic and inspirational work of this outstanding organization”