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Cynthia Fuentes

Director, the Ford

About this Artist

CYNTHIA FUENTES currently serves as Director, The John Anson Ford Theatres (The Ford). In this role, Fuentes will oversee the venue logistics, as well as cultivating relationships with communities throughout Los Angeles County. She will also lead a cross-functional team to prepare and execute the day-to-day needs of the venue, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first season of operations and The Ford’s centennial season in 2020.   

Cynthia Fuentes is a South Los Angeles native that started her career with the LA Phil in 2010. Over the course of 10 years, Cynthia held a number of leadership roles within the Marketing department, most recently serving as Assistant Director, Marketing. At the LA Phil, Fuentes has worked to establish strategic partnerships with cultural institutions and community-based organizations to create and deepen the LA Phil’s relationships within a variety of communities. Cynthia was part of the team providing strategic direction to the LA Phil’s Spanish-language audience development and marketing efforts. She has led the LA Phil’s grassroot promotional efforts alongside community liaisons and vendors to identify and foster authentic connections within the Latino, African American, and Asian communities. She is also a member of the administrative team driving the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI), helping inform and execute DEI initiatives at the LA Phil. 

Fuentes’ work has been centered around the belief that art and music is most relevant when informed by and connected to the communities that surround it. Prior to the LA Phil, she began her communications work at XLNC1 104.9FM, a bi-national and bilingual radio station serving San Diego and Baja Californian regions, where she led the station’s multinational marketing and community outreach. Cynthia co-created and produced the music series La Prueba: TestKITCHEN + MusicLAB, a gathering space that showcased chefs, emergent musicians and poets from Southeast LA. Fuentes holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communication and Political Science from San Diego State University.