Rising Arts Leaders San Diego (RALSD) began in 2009 as a program of The San Diego Foundation’s Arts & Culture Working Group, produced in partnership with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and designed to help emerging arts and culture administrators maintain and improve their professional competence, enhance their career progression and keep abreast of new developments in the field.

RALSD is part of an emergent network of up and coming arts leaders throughout California. Affiliated with the national Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts, supported by the Center for Cultural Innovation, and originally funded through The James Irvine Foundation, there are currently several active networks statewide: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Silicon Valley. Though each network is structured differently to reflect the nuances of its region, the networks meet semi-annually in an effort to strengthen the state's emerging leaders' representation.

RALSD serves arts and culture administrators with programs that support individual professional and leadership development. As a fiscally sponsored program of Arts for Learning San Diego, an Affiliate of Young Audiences RALSD is generously funded by an innovative grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Since 2009 RALSD programming has been the work of a volunteer group of emerging leaders that make up the Steering Committee and Sub-Committees. These volunteers have orchestrated professional development events, mentorship programs, and developed funding sources for emerging arts leaders in San Diego. To learn more about joining the Steering Committee or about past and present Steering Committee members click here. To learn more about Sub-Committees click here.

In 2015 RALSD was awarded a pioneering grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation enabling operations for the next three years. The current Steering Committee are focused on these goals and is actively working toward RALSD’s mission: Making San Diego an Innovative, Inspiring, World-Class Arts Leader by Fostering a Thriving, Progressive Arts Community.

The goals of RALSD are as follows:

· To provide participants with leadership and professional training, including symposiums, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs and other learning opportunities;

· To enable participants to connect online and in person with peers and experienced arts professionals in structured and informal learning environments;

· To provide information and resources which will enhance the participants' knowledge of current affairs in the field and other career development opportunities;

· To build the governance and infrastructure of the program to ensure its growth and sustainability into the future.