Los Angeles Philharmonic hires Renae Williams Niles for new post of chief content and engagement officer

Posted on: April 30, 2021

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has appointed RENAE WILLIAMS NILES as chief content and engagement officer. In this newly created position, she will guide the LA Phil’s organizational goals and policy, overseeing all programming across Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, The Ford, and the YOLA Center, and for LA Phil residencies and tours. She will be responsible for YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) and learning programs and initiatives; communications, public relations, marketing, and sales; and will implement the LA Phil’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. She will report to CEO Chad Smith, and assumes the job on June 7. Williams Niles is currently executive director of the Culver City Education Foundation. Previous positions include company manager for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, director of grant programs for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, vice president of programming for the Music Center, and chief operating officer/associate dean of administration for the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Williams Niles has served as adjunct faculty for Claremont Graduate University’s Arts Management Program and is currently board chair of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. A University of Southern California alumna, she holds a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University.