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New chair, trustees appointed to Zócalo Public Square, new editor-in-chief announced

Gloria Gerace

Gloria Gerace has been appointed to lead the board of trustees of Zócalo Public Square, an ASU Knowledge Enterprise.

August 10, 2020

An esteemed promoter of the arts who has engaged with some of the most venerable museums and cultural institutions in Southern California has been appointed to lead the board of trustees of Zócalo Public Square, an ASU Knowledge Enterprise.

Gloria Gerace, co-founder of Los Angeles-based Culture Projects, brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, management and production of exhibitions, art projects and publications to the role of chair of the board of trustees. 

Three new trustees will also join the board. They are Bryan Bowles, founding principal of Bryor Media, a media and technology advisory firm based in Los Angeles; Naima Keith, vice president, education and public programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and Suman Sorg, founder and CEO of A Complete Unknown, based in Washington, D.C.

“Zócalo’s mission to connect people to ideas and to each other needs the strong support of leaders in the worlds of culture, academia, the arts and media. We are fortunate to have such leaders now on our board of trustees, who will pour their energy into expanding the work we are doing at Zócalo and ASU’s media partnerships,” said Mi-Ai Parrish, managing director of ASU Media Enterprise.

  Zócalo New Trustees 2020

Also assuming a new role at Zócalo is Sarah Rothbard, who is now leading the organization’s editorial team as editor-in-chief. Rothbard has served, variously, as Zócalo’s associate publisher, managing editor, and book prize editor over the past 10 years. She most recently served as the associate editorial director for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and previously worked at Alfred A. Knopf and W. W. Norton in New York City. Zócalo Editor in Chief Sarah Rothbard

“With Sarah at the helm of Zócalo’s editorial, we are gaining a formidable intellect and a talented editor. She is truly the embodiment of our internal mantra — journalism with a head and a heart,” said Moira Shourie, executive director of Zócalo Public Square.

Rothbard succeeds Lisa Margonelli, who will remain a contributing editor to Zócalo as she begins a new role at Issues in Science and Technology, published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and ASU.

A nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in 2003, Zócalo Public Square is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise. Zócalo frequently partners with educational, cultural and philanthropic institutions to connect people to ideas by examining essential questions in a welcoming space for thought and discussion. It has syndicated its journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and has hosted more than 600 live events in dozens of cities nationally and internationally.

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