Martin Kagan is a nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of senior management experience leading a variety of nonprofit organizations, primarily in the arts and cultural field. In these positions, he has proved his ability to design, develop and implement innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to leadership, strategic planning, building facilities, finance, marketing, board relations, consensus building, grantmaking, fundraising, and administration.
He is currently the Assistant Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Pace University where he oversees the university’s contracting and marketing of all cultural and arts presentations as well as the operation, administration and budgeting of the University’s theatrical venues, including the Schimmel Center for the Arts. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the university and teaches a course in “Managing Creativity” and has developed and taught a course “Governance and Stakeholders in the Arts”.
Some of his prior positions include Executive Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company; Senior Director of Development at the Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports); Managing Director of the John Anson Ford Theatre and the Ford Theatre Foundation, Los Angeles; Executive Director of the Alex Theatre, a 1,400 seat theater in Glendale, California; and Vice President of the Annual Fund of the Music Center of LA County; President & CEO, The Dance Gallery, Los Angeles; Executive Director, OPERA America Inc., Washington DC, and the first full time General Manager of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
He has most recently been a board member of the Bruno Walter Foundation and currently serves as a board member of Consortium of Eastern Regional Theaters.
His educational credentials include a Diploma from the Harvard Institute in Arts Administration, a Masters in Environmental Studies in Planning and Administration of the Arts from York University, Toronto, Ontario, and an undergraduate degree in Geography and Planning from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.