Zoot Velasco

Zoot Velasco is the CEO of the Kern County Museum. He manages a 16-acre campus with 51 historic landmarks and six museums and gardens. After a 12-year career as an artist, dancer, and actor, he created an award-winning prison arts program producing work currently in museum collections at the Getty, Hammer, and Library of Congress. He built four new art centers in the Harbor Area for the City of Los Angeles and helped build a Boys & Girls Club in Harbor City and a theatre in Long Beach. He holds a degree in dance from St. Mary’s College, an MBA from Hope International University and professional designations in arts education, fundraising, management and conflict resolution. Zoot has raised more $25 million for various community benefit organizations (CFRE-2011). From 2007–2016, he led the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. He was able to increase patrons, programs, members, and budget by 400 percent, all during a bad economy, while winning over 12 local, regional, and statewide awards for his STEAM education programs.