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Jazz at Lincoln Center Welcomes Clarence Otis as the New Board Chair


News | Jun, 25th 2020

After a six-month search to identify the ideal leader to steward Jazz at Lincoln Center through its next era of growth, it is with great joy that we welcome Clarence Otis as the next Board chair, effective September 15, 2020.

Mr. Otis, a long-time Board Director and respected business and civic leader, was unanimously selected to succeed Robert J. Appel. Mr. Otis becomes only the fifth Board chair in the organization’s 33-year history; along with Mr. Appel, previous chairs include Gordon Davis, Ted Ammon, and Lisa Schiff.

In this role, Mr. Otis will work closely with the Board and Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis on strategy, policy, and fundraising, and support new initiatives to advance the organization’s global mission.

Mr. Otis, who has held a variety of leadership positions on the institution’s Board since joining in 2012, is currently its Treasurer, chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board.

A graduate of Williams College, Mr. Otis earned a law degree from Stanford University in 1980 and practiced law in New York City before beginning his career in finance and business. Formerly the CEO of Darden Restaurants and currently Lead Director of the Board of Directors of Verizon Communications, Mr. Otis is a proven and experienced leader with a track record of success.

Inspired by the arts since childhood, Mr. Otis grew up near the Watts Towers Arts Center, which served as the hub for the Los Angeles Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. The artists, painters, and actors who congregated at the Towers informed his knowledge and appreciation of the quality and diversity in African American art and culture. These early, powerful experiences showed him that the arts play a central role in enriching and elevating communities.

Mr. Otis and his wife, Jacqueline Bradley, reside in Orlando, Florida. Over the past 30 years, they have been deeply involved in a broad range of civic organizations in Orlando and New York City. They are passionate collectors of works by African Americans and other African Diaspora artists. In April, Mr. Otis and Ms. Bradley received Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2020 Ed Bradley Award.

“I am deeply honored to be elected as the new chair and look forward to working with my Board colleagues,” said Mr. Otis. “Together with our Board of Directors, staff, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, we will continue our important work to entertain, enrich and expand a global community through performance, education, and advocacy.”

Wynton Marsalis said, “Bob Appel’s steadfast leadership and meaningful contributions have advanced our international objectives in audience growth and engagement. He is with us every step of the way to ensure a sure-footed transition in these uncertain times. Clarence is a dedicated and insightful long-standing board member who is also a die-hard lover of jazz and a connoisseur of American culture. He brings a passion that is vital to the success of our mission—to burnish the storied history of jazz, to participate in its powerful present, and to ensure a vibrant, meaningful future with new stars who can excite and engage audiences across the globe. I am excited to work with him.”


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