Adam Davis (he/him/his) is a results-driven leader with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and performing arts sector. Resourceful and capable of leveraging strong connections to propel organizational objectives, Davis strategizes and implements complex initiatives to remove obstacles, ensure organizational success, and fulfill programmatic goals. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and community engagement, board development, operational efficiency, fundraising and capital campaigns, arts facilities and program planning, and financial forecasting.
Davis most recently served as Managing Director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. In this role, he managed 30 full-time and 150 seasonal staff members. In addition to overseeing the annual budget, maximizing fundraising results, and managing facility capitalization, he strategized with the board to raise a cash reserve. During his tenure, he also led the organization through a strategic planning process that resulted in the initial phase of a redevelopment plan for the 33-acre campus, as well as implementation of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility training for staff and board members.
Previously as Managing Director for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for more than a decade, Davis directed programming and operations for more than 230 events annually, including producing all activities for the John Anson Ford Theatre. Supervising a $72.2 million theater renovation, he strategized with key stakeholders within the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to raise $65 million in capital funds for this state-of-the-art renovation. Davis has also held roles as Theater Operations Manager at Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts, where he managed the operations of three theater facilities and the logistics for 150 events annually, and Company Manager at La Jolla Playhouse, where he supported accomplished theater artists, oversaw contract negotiations, and managed the departmental budget.
“Artists and arts organizations have the power to create, inspire, and shift our thinking. The world, now more than ever, needs to be challenged to look at how we act towards one another, how we treat our earth, and what solutions can be found for us all to move forward together. The arts can help us find new ways to approach the problems of the day through creativity, collaboration, laughter, and provocative dialogue.”
Davis was a member of the Southern California Leadership Network and a board member of California Presenters. He received an Emmy Award for producing the 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. Davis holds a bachelor of arts in theatre from Principia College.
Center of Creative Arts
Central Oregon Center for the Arts
Kemble Street Studios
La Jolla Playhouse
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Pepperdine University's Center for the Arts
Shakespeare & Company
Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts