artworxLA Welcomes New Executive Director Jaime Zavala
Los Angeles, CA – Jaime Zavala has been named the new Executive Director of artworxLA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program. As Executive Director, Zavala will oversee all programs and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the artworxLA, a $1.5 million organization serving approximately 1,000 students in 31 alternative high school classrooms in nine school districts annually.
"It is an honor to join the team at artworxLA as we come alongside continuation high school students and help them realize that they have purpose and a destiny that is waiting to be unleashed as they engage with the arts. There's nothing better than being a part of a mission and vision that is about transforming lives!,” says Zavala, who most recently served as Executive Director of Olive Crest, Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization serving at-risk children and families.
The appointment of Zavala follows a thorough recruitment process overseen by GSGLA in partnership with Envision Consulting—a nonprofit consulting firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in executive and supported search, strategic planning and partnerships, and other organizational transitions.
“We are so thrilled that Jaime is coming on as the new Executive Director of artworxLA. He brings with him a deep understanding of the students we serve and he is a strong leader who will help drive artworxLA into the next era with vision and passion,” says Nicolle Barnette, Board Chair.
About Envision Consulting
Envision Consulting is a minority-owned firm specializing in executive and supported search, strategic planning and partnerships, and other organizational transitions. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, our partners and consultants are former nonprofit executive leaders who now use their collective experience and inspiration to uplift nonprofits and the communities they serve. Our broad spectrum of services helps increase revenues, expand awareness and strengthen service delivery to the clients who need us the most. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is integrated into our practices, including inclusive surveys and stakeholder interviews, focus groups, structured hiring processes, a focus on anti-biased decision making and much more.
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Founded in 1992 as The HeArt Project, artworxLA now serves approximately 1,000 students in 31 alternative high school classrooms in nine school districts annually. In 2018 artworxLA expanded its partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to establish Central High School – John Adams Branch as the Design and Media Arts Academy. Over the years, artworxLA has established and maintained partnerships with nearly every major cultural institution in Los Angeles, as well as a number of professional art venues, creative businesses, and working artists of all disciplines.