Garcetti’s selection of Brazell as cultural affairs chief must be confirmed by the City Council.
Brazell is the executive director of Arts for LA, an arts advocacy organization that includes 160 member organizations. She is the former artistic director of Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and director of special projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
Garcetti said that Brazell “has the experience and passion to lead the department into a new era that showcases our talent, inspires our youth and supports our creative economy.” Eric Paquette, president of the Cultural Affairs Commission, said that she is “deeply committed to making arts and culture accessible to everyone in Los Angeles.”
The Department of Cultural Affairs has 39 full time staffers, 80 part-time staffer and a projected operating budget of $11 million. It is responsible for grantmaking, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming and arts education.