Oakland, Calif. – The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the appointment of Ted Russell as Associate Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures. Russell joins the foundation with high-level arts management expertise developed through years working as an artist and arts marketing executive as well as a grantmaker.
Russell will work in partnership with Shelley Trott, Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures to develop and implement new initiatives, help manage the Arts Program’s portfolio and advance learning and evaluation processes, including documenting and sharing knowledge about promising practices.
“Ted’s career reflects a deep understanding of the issues that affect the arts ecosystem and a commitment to transforming communities through the power of the arts,” said Shelley Trott, Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation. “His expertise will further the Foundation’s work to create opportunities and build stronger support systems for visionary artists.”
Russell’s experience includes a decade serving as the Senior Program Officer for the Arts Program at the James Irvine Foundation. Prior to that, he had a variety of leadership and management roles at Montalvo Arts Center, San Francisco Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse and Malashock Dance.
“I am honored to join the Rainin Foundation on the leading edge of the field as we support the Bay Area as a center for experimentation in the arts,” said Ted Russell. “At this turbulent time, when artists and the arts are challenged locally and nationally as never before, I couldn’t be more excited to join an innovative team committed to keeping arts in the Bay Area thriving.”
Russell holds both an MBA in Arts Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.