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Walter Zooi

Executive Director

Walter is an organizational leader and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in program development, strategic planning and driving organizational change. Walter is the founder of South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory, a community-based music school that taught over 10,000 students and employed over 100 teachers in its 14 year existence. He created 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. He held a similar position with USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he was part of the development team 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.

Email: wzooi@ymf.org