Cultural Alliance Elects Opera Co’s David Devan as Chair. Welcomes 10 New Board Members
Philadelphia, October 10, 2012 -- The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce the election of its new Board Chair, Mr. David B. Devan, General Director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
“We are honored to have David as our new Chair. He played a key role in the development of the Cultural Alliance’s new strategic direction and is emblematic of the new face of cultural leadership.” explained Tom Kaiden, President of the Cultural Alliance. "As the head of the Opera Company, David has garnered global attention for Philadelphia through innovative audience engagement practices that have made opera available and accessible to everyone in the region.”
Mr. Devan has been the General Director of the Opera Company since 2011. He joined the company as its Managing Director in 2006, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2009. Previously, he was Executive Director of Canada’s Pacific Opera Victoria and Director of Marketing and Development for Opera Ontario. Earlier accomplishments include four years as Director of Marketing and Development for Opera Ontario, Performing Arts Marketing Head for the Harbourfront Centre and Marketing Director for the Canadian Opera Company.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Opera America and Opera CA (Canada), the national associations for opera companies, and held leadership positions with the Pro Art Alliance of Greater Victoria and Arts Action BC, two groups focused on advocacy and government funding for the arts. A native of Canada, Mr. Devan attended Brock University in Ontario and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
“I am honored to give back to the Cultural Alliance which gives so much to this community,” explained Mr. Devan, “Philadelphia is experiencing a cultural Renaissance and is now recognized as a truly world-class cultural destination. The leadership and advocacy of the Cultural Alliance is at the core of that success.”
Other newly elected officers include Vice Chairs Valerie Gay, Executive Director of Art Sanctuary, and Sean T. Buffington, President and CEO of The University of the Arts. [Photo files attached below]
The Cultural Alliance also welcomes ten new members to its Board of Directors:
Full Board List:
David B. Devan, Chair; General Director & President, Opera Company of Philadelphia
Drew Becher, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
About the Cultural Alliance
The Alliance played a key advocacy role in establishing the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; helped preserve Philadelphia’s Percent for Art programs; was a catalyst in re-establishing Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy; and led the successful statewide battle in 2009 to defeat the proposed “arts tax,” as well as a proposed 70% cut to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2011.
Today, 411 member organizations — which range from museums and dance companies to community art centers, historic sites, music ensembles, and zoos — and the region’s cultural community as a whole — count on the Alliance for research; marketing and audience development; policy and community engagement; and membership services. for more information on the cultural alliance please visit www.philaculture.org
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce the election of its new Board Chair, Mr. David B. Devan, General Director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Mr. Devan has been the General Director of the Opera Company since 2011. He joined the company as its Managing Director in 2006, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2009. Previously, he was Executive Director of Canada’s Pacific Opera Victoria and Director of Marketing and Development for Opera Ontario.