Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle announced Monday that he has selected Chris Ayzoukian as general manager for the Beaverton Center for the Arts and Lani Faith as BCA capital campaign manager.
The proposed Beaverton Center for the Arts will host international, national and local performances. The 43,500-square-foot center is a public-private partnership, expected to break ground in early 2018 adjacent to The Round in Beaverton Central.
"I am excited with the talent they both bring," Doyle said. "Looking at their experience is impressive to say the least. They will be good teammates and leaders. Chris brings knowledge and passion to his role. Lani has a wealth of experience in our region and a proven track record."
Ayzoukian most recently served as vice president of philharmonic and production for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl. There, he oversaw operations and production of performances at the two iconic venues.
As general manager, Ayzoukian will establish and implement operating and management systems for the Beaverton Center for the Arts, or BCA, and will serve as primary liaison for design and construction of the facility.
"This is an exciting time in Beaverton and I am thrilled at the opportunity to help bring the Beaverton Center for the Arts to fruition," Ayzoukian said. "I have been inspired by the strong sense of community in Beaverton and the level of engagement and enthusiasm by its residents in envisioning the city's bright future. Working with Mayor Doyle, city staff and all stakeholders, my goal is to build upon the excellent work already undertaken to create a premier cultural and arts destination in Beaverton."
Faith comes to the city from Bridge Meadows, where she served as director of resource development managing fundraising, events and marketing for the nonprofit organization. As capital campaign manager, Faith will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the BCA capital campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $11 million in private philanthropy.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this exciting project that will bring art to the heart of Beaverton — what an amazing opportunity to enhance the landscape in ways that will bring new cultural, educational and entertaining events to the City of Beaverton," Faith said Tuesday. "I look forward to joining such a strong, dedicated and passionate team focused on bringing this dream to life."
"I am delighted to have Chris and Lani join the team," said Pat Reser, chair of the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation. "They have the talent and drive to help us complete our fundraising and make the center a reality."