Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center announced that Chris Carter has been selected to serve as Executive Director, taking the reins in February.
Carter joined LVPAC in late 2014 as Director of Development and Communications. He has overseen major milestones in fundraising and member recruitment, including growth in annual giving of approximately 60 percent, a doubling of membership, and the record-breaking Brilliance at the Bankhead gala this fall which raised $500,000.
Current Executive Director Scott Kenison will remain with the organization until February to complete scheduling of the 2020-2021 season and to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Carter brings more than 16 years of experience in the non-profit sector to the position. He joined LVPAC from St. Mary’s College of California. As Director for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, he was responsible for creating comprehensive programs to build connection and involvement among alumni and stimulate annual giving.
He also led major projects such as the college’s 150th Anniversary and the inauguration of its 29th president. Committed to furthering education and the arts, Carter remains on the St. Mary’s Science Advisory Board.
At LVPAC he actively works to support education and community outreach efforts at both the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center. A former board director, program chair and presenter for the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance, he is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has been a Boy Scouts of America volunteer since 2010. A musician for decades, Carter is also a guitarist with singer-songwriting duo, the LK Project, which has recorded five albums and often performs at local venues. He and his wife, a teacher in the Pleasanton Unified School District, are long-time residents of Pleasanton where they live with their three children.
The recommendation of Chris Carter for the Executive Director post was sent to the Board in late November following an evaluation and interview process.
Jean King, LVPAC Board Chair, is grateful for the role Kenison has played at LVPAC over the past five years and sees Carter building on those strengths going forward.
“Scott creatively expanded our programming, bringing greater diversity in music, dance, drama, film, lectures and education to both the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, while overseeing five years of growth and financial stability,” she stated in a press release. “The Board was unanimous in choosing Chris as our next executive director. His contributions have significantly expanded our fundraising capacity and we feel confident that he will keep us on the path we’re on and bring his expertise to new areas.”
Kenison agreed saying, “It has been satisfying to take part in our growth both financially and artistically. I had the opportunity to see great projects come to fruition, from the lobby mobile community art project to the theatrical productions, ‘Red’ and ‘Circle Mirror Transformation.’ Chris and I have worked closely together through it all and I know I’m leaving the organization in good shape and in great hands.”
Carter is enthusiastic about taking on the leadership role and looks to build on the successes of recent years and position LVPAC for future growth. “It has been a privilege for me to be a part of this wonderful organization for the last five years, and I’m honored to be chosen as the next Executive Director,” he said.
He plans to continue to explore the innovative programming begun under Kenison’s leadership, bringing his own interests into the mix.
“As a musician, my passion for the arts is personal too. I’ve had an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the organization, working with the great team we have here. I’m really looking forward to the challenges and rewards ahead in this job,” Carter added.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Located in the heart of downtown Livermore, the Bankhead Theater welcomes artists from diverse musical genres, as well as theater, dance, comedy and other entertainment to suit all ages.
The Bothwell Arts Center at 2466 Eighth Street is an arts incubator, offering affordable studio, classroom, rehearsal, performance and event space. Art exhibits curated by the Bothwell are on display year round in the Gallery at the Bankhead. Together the Bankhead and Bothwell are home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. For more information visit www.lvpac.org.