Announcing Festival Co-Directors!

Gordon Geballe, Chairman of the Board of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, announced that Liz Fisher, Tom Griggs, and Chad Herzog have been appointed Co-Directors of the Festival, roles in which they have been serving on an interim basis since spring 2017.

Liz Fisher has served as Managing Director of the Festival since 1998. Tom Griggs has served as Director of Development since 2014. Chad Herzog has served as Director of Programming since 2015. They will continue focusing on their areas of expertise, while equally sharing executive leadership responsibilities.

“On behalf of the entire Board, it is my honor to congratulate Liz, Tom, and Chad on their appointments,” says Board Chair Gordon Geballe. “We are grateful for their stewardship of Festival 2017 and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them as they plan and execute Festival 2018. Just as the Festival has distinguished itself for its thrilling interplay between great art and great ideas from around the world, I believe their successful creative approach to shared leadership will serve as a model for institutions across the field.”

“The Festival has exceeded even the wildest dreams Anne Calabresi, Jean Handley, and I had when we started it in 1996, due in no small part to the creativity and dedication that Liz, Tom, and Chad have demonstrated individually and as a team,” says Co-Founder Roslyn Meyer. “I couldn’t be more delighted that they are leading us into our 23rd year and I’m certain that Festival 2018 will be better than ever in their supremely capable hands.”

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