Board and organizational revitalization
Institutional capacity building
Leadership succession planning
Rebekah Lambert joined Arts Consulting Group in 2009, bringing more than 20 years nonprofit and arts leadership experience to the firm. Today she leads ACG’s Organizational Development practice as Vice President, helping clients throughout North America realize their full potential through strategic and operational planning, community engagement, executive and employee development, operational review and process improvement, and customized training.
Ms. Lambert’s recent ACG client initiatives include strategic planning and community engagement processes with Bravo Greater Des Moines, Kalamazoo Symphony, and Shakespeare Dallas. She has also guided an organizational assessment with San Diego’s Pacific Arts Movement, as well as numerous facilitated team building activities and exploratory strategic partnership efforts.
From 1996 to 2003, Ms. Lambert served as Executive Director of the Eugene Symphony. During her tenure, the orchestra experienced unprecedented stability and artistic growth. In additional to other accomplishments, she managed two successful Music Director searches, bringing first Miguel Harth-Bedoya and then Giancarlo Guerrero to the podium. During this time, Ms. Lambert served on the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras and as faculty of the Orchestra Leadership Academy.
“I have a deep appreciation for three strengths of the arts and culture field: the capacity for selfdetermination, 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 the understanding 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.’ ”
Ms. Lambert began her career in arts management in Los Angeles 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 and the Symphony of Southeast Texas.
Immediately prior to joining ACG, Ms. Lambert served as Associate Executive Director of programs at ShelterCare, an Oregon nonprofit human services agency that serves families who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and adults who have a mental illness or brain injury. She now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of ShelterCare. In addition, Ms. Lambert served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania from 2003 to 2005 where she engaged in capacitybuilding efforts with municipalities and nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Lambert holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Organization and Management.
Ms. Lambert’s professional and client work includes:
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Cleveland Play House
Educational Theatre Association
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Oregon Cultural Trust
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Portland Japanese Garden
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