Jean Davidson was appointed President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2015. In this role, she has instigated a successful re-branding and re-positioning of the organization, working in partnership with Artistic Director Grant Gershon to uphold and fulfill the organization’s core values while also encouraging artistic daring and audience engagement. Prior to this position, she spent 15 years in Chief Executive roles working alongside renowned artistic directors Bill T. Jones, of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Yo-Yo Ma, with the Silk Road Project.
In 2011, as Chief Executive of the Bill T. Joes/Arnie Zane Dance Company, she led the merger discussions with Dance Theater Workshop — including a multi-million dollar campaign — to form New York Live Arts, a 20,000 square foot center for interdisciplinary performance located in Chelsea, New York City. She subsequently served as the founding CEO of New York Live Arts until 2015.
She was appointed the founding Managing Director of the Silk Road Project in 2001. Having served at the helm of two newly-created non-profits, she has significant “start-up” experience including board development, capacity building, fundraising, identity branding, and long-term financial planning. While at the Silk Road Project she was involved with producing the expansive Smithsonian Folklife Festival, “Connecting Culture, Creating Trust,” and in planning the Silk Road Ensemble's participation in the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. She has also been involved with producing several commercial recordings and documentary films with Sony Classical, Smithsonian Folkways, NHK, ARTE, and Kartemquin Films, and she has planned numerous tours, commissions and collaborations. She is an Oberlin College alumna.