Executive Director

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Sarah Weber was named the executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) on January 1, 2019.
Previously, Sarah served for two years as ACSO’s Membership and Development Manager. During that time, she has executed membership renewal campaigns, written successful grant proposals, and secured corporate and individual donations. She has been a partner in program planning, managed the delivery of member services, and played a key part in producing ACSO’s trademark annual conference.
Sarah is an experienced arts and culture leader who believes in the power of music. Sarah’s leadership provides members with opportunities to be inspired, to learn, and to connect with colleagues and experts in the classical music field. She has a keen desire to create a sense of belonging for all ACSO members, with appreciation for what it takes to be part of a smaller organization while also respecting the complex challenges faced by larger ones.
Sarah’s work for more than fifteen years in the arts and culture sector has been characterized by a focus on organizational health in order to best execute mission-driven initiatives. She’s worked closely with governing boards, participated in multiple strategic planning processes, improved internal infrastructure, and managed departmental budgets, staff, and volunteers.
With a background in museum education and operations, Sarah was previously hired by two major museums as a part of new leadership teams. At both the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles she created fully functioning education departments from the ground up. She also led the education department at the Los Angeles Conservancy, a historic preservation nonprofit, and has consulted for other nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, membership, and operations, including the Pasadena Symphony, the San Bernardino Museum Association, Festival Mozaic, and the Santa Monica Conservancy.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Sarah holds a BA in history from the University of Utah and an MA in history and museum studies from Arizona State University. She completed a nine-month leadership fellowship in 2018 through the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Sarah is a violinist and has enjoyed playing in youth and community orchestras throughout her life.