Mark Slavkin is Vice President for Education at the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Mark directs a wide range of programs and services that help advance arts education in schools and communities across Los Angeles County. He leads a staff of 20 people with an annual budget of $4.5 million. Mark serves on the Executive Committee for “Arts for All: the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education.” This coalition is working to help all 80 local school districts in Los Angeles County bring back the arts as part of the core K-12 curriculum. Before joining the Music Center, Mark served on the staff of LAAMP, the Los Angeles component of the national Annenberg Challenge, a half billion dollar private effort to improve public schools in the United States. From 1997-1999 Mark served as Los Angeles Program Officer for the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. At the Getty, Mark utilized his advocacy and communications skills to help launch a renaissance for arts education in Los Angeles area schools. This work culminated in the adoption of LAUSD’s 10-year plan for arts education. He served from 1989-1997 as an elected member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, including two years as President. Mark has also worked in the State Legislature and in Los Angeles County government on a variety of health and human service policy issues. A native of Los Angeles, Mark attended local public schools and the University of Southern California, where he earned his BA and MA in political science.