Walter Zooi is an award-winning arts entrepreneur and organizational leader with over 20 years of experience in program development, strategic and fiscal planning, marketing and communications. He is the founder and prior executive director of South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory, which he led through 12 years of dynamic growth. Walter is the founder and past artistic director of the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival, a city-wide, multi-stage event that showcases musical artists from across a wide variety of cultures and genres. As director of communications at the California Institute of the Arts he oversaw the branding and development communications program for both the Institute and the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Walter held a similar position with USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he was part of the development that helped secure Flora L. Thornton’s $25 million naming gift to the school. Walter is a native of Philadelphia, where he attended Temple University. He is currently completing an M.S. in Philanthropic Leadership through the University of Denver.