Executive Director • The Wallis
Drawing upon an 18-year career in the arts as a versatile administrator, educator, and fundraiser, as well as a professional classical musician, Rachel Fine currently serves as the Managing Director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Prior, Rachel has held leadership positions at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, The Juilliard School, Santa Fe Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as the renowned San Francisco-based period ensemble Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Rachel completed a one-year comprehensive Management Fellowship in 2001-02 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under the guidance of then-President Michael M. Kaiser. She was also selected to participate in the 2012 Leadership L.A. program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s 2008-09 Arts Leadership Initiative, and the 2007-08 Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute of Southern California’s Executive Service Corps. She is a founding mentor of the Los Angeles Emerging Arts Leaders’ mentorship program.
An accomplished pianist, Rachel studied at the Eastman School of Music and the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in music. She also attended graduate school in musicology at Yale University. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) for six years and recently joined the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she has taught a graduate course in executive arts leadership. She is married to Christopher Hawthorne, the Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times, with whom she has two children (who love the arts).