Institutional capacity building
Leadership succession planning
Organization & program assessment
Strategic Management & planning
Rebekah Lambert joined ACG in November 2009 with more than 19 year of experience in performing arts management, planning, board development, policy formulation, union negotiations, artistic administration, operations, and program planning. Over the course of her varied career, she has proven herself to be a thoughtful, creative, and flexible leader.
Ms. Lambert began her career in arts management with positions at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Young Musicians Foundation. After completing the prestigious League of American Orchestra’s Orchestra Management Fellowship, she held positions with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (now known as Hawaii Symphony Orchestra) and Symphony of Southeast Texas. From 1996 to 2003, Ms. Lambert served as Executive Director of the Eugene Symphony, where she completed eight concert seasons with surpluses and doubled the orchestra’s endowment fund. She managed two highly successful Music Director searches, bringing first Miguel Harth-Bedoya and then Giancarlo Guerrero to the podium. During her tenure, the orchestra experienced unprecedented stability and artistic growth. Ms. Lambert also served on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, as faculty of the Orchestra Leadership Academy, and as a member of the City Advisory Committee for the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
“I have a deep appreciation for three strengths of this field: the capacity for self-determination, the commitment to discipline and excellence, and the opportunity for beauty and renewal. Each provides a vibrancy and resiliency that is remarkable. Together these characteristics have the potential to create extraordinary organizations that provide extraordinary service to their communities.”
“While in the Peace Corps, I came to understand that the wisdom to resolve problems exists to be discovered within each and every community. This great capacity is best described in these words from Lao Tzu: ‘Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. With the best of leaders, when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.”
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Lambert worked in executive leadership for a large human services agency, where her duties included program supervision, executive coaching, and planning. She led a successful change process that resulted in a new model of service delivery to meet state quality goals. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania from 2003 to 2005, where she engaged in capacity-building efforts with municipalities and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Lambert holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, master of business administration from the Yale School of Organization and Management, and strategic management certificate from The George Washington University and Strategy Management Group. Ms. Lambert is a certified Strategic Management Professional and currently serves as President of the board of directors of ShelterCare, an Oregon-based housing and human services organization.
Ms. Lambert’s professional and client work includes:
Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society
Bravo Greater Des Moines
City of Elbasan, Albania
Chicago Opera Theater
East West Players
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
High Desert Museum
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
League of American Orchestras
Mount Royal University
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Portland Japanese Garden
Yakima Valley Museum
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