Angelica Cortez (she/her) is an arts administrator and educator. As a Chicana, and member of the LGBTQ+ community, her passion lies at the intersection of arts, equity, and learning. Angelica has been a guest speaker at universities such as Cornell University, Occidental College, and the University of Southern California. She is also a member of the third cohort of Sphinx LEAD fellows, which selects 10 arts administrators of color each year, and prepares them for executive leadership positions in the arts.
In her previous role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she oversaw YOLA National programs, which connect young musicians, artists, educators, and advocates who believe that music has an essential role to play in their communities. During her time in this position, she supported the launch and conception of YOLA National programs, which included a Festival, Symposium, Institute, and a series of digital content titled YOLA National at Home. Angelica was responsible for the development of content, programming, resources, events, and partnerships with creative youth development and music-centered learning programs around the world. Prior to this position, Angelica supported YOLA’s Los Angeles-based programming. She was part of a cross-organizational team that expanded academic support services as well as professional development opportunities and was part of the production teams for large-scale performances on stages around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Barbican Centre, and Palacio de las Bellas Artes.
Angelica is on the board of El Sistema USA, where she is chair of the programming committee, and supports the committees for racial diversity and cultural understanding, as well as strategic planning. She has degrees in trumpet performance and teaching from the University of California Davis, Longy School of Music, and Bard College.