Mitch Menchaca is the Executive Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, overseeing an over $4.7 million budget that provides grant funding and other support to numerous arts and culture organizations, designs and builds public art throughout the city, and provides technical support to artists and art organizations.
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From 2016 to 2018, Mitch served as Executive Director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He was previously the vice president of membership & COO at Chorus America, the national advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers. He led the operations of the organization including financial management, membership, communications, and human resources. He also served as the director of the Local Arts Advancement Department at Americans for the Arts, where he guided a team of professionals serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 local arts agencies. Mitch 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 $25 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 at Central Arizona College, earned a Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies) at Arizona State University, completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota, and is currently completing a Master of Arts (Nonprofit Leadership and Management) at Arizona State University.