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Arvind Manocha has served as president and CEO of Wolf Trap since January 2, 2013. Manocha is responsible for the management and strategic planning of the Foundation’s annual budget, which is in excess of $28 million; 80 full-time employees, and hundreds of part-time employees and volunteers; the presentation of more than 200 performances each year at the Filene Center—America’s National Park for the Performing Arts, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods; and a wide variety of education programs, including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and the Wolf Trap Opera Company—based in the national Center for Education at Wolf Trap.
Manocha’s career has been fueled by a lifelong passion for music in all its varied forms. Prior to joining Wolf Trap, Manocha worked at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, which under his leadership was named “Best Major Outdoor Venue in America” by Pollstar
magazine eight years in a row. As Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Manocha oversaw a wide range of artistic and operational functions at both the historic Hollywood amphitheatre and the Association’s primary home, the landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Manocha first joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in 2001 to direct the strategic planning for the organization’s highly anticipated relocation to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry and inaugurated in 2003. The transition was smooth for both orchestra members and patrons alike, and the inaugural season fulfilled the organization’s greatly expanded programmatic vision and delivered strong financial results.
After the opening of the new Concert Hall, Manocha was appointed General Manager of the Hollywood Bowl in 2004, and then Chief Operating Officer of the Association in 2007. His tenure at the Hollywood Bowl was marked by record-high attendance and increased diversity in concert offerings. In addition, Manocha’s keen interest in architecture and design informed his management of a multi-year capital improvement plan at the Hollywood Bowl, which included both the rehabilitation of historic structures and the construction of new buildings.
Manocha grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated with honors from Cornell University. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., where he was a Marshall Scholar. He moved from England to Los Angeles to join McKinsey and Co. as a strategy consultant, serving clients in both Los Angeles and London.
While in Los Angeles, Manocha was actively involved in a number of nonprofit organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Colburn Foundation and of Pathways, a childcare resource and referral agency; he was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. He has also served on multiple national design juries for the American Institute of Architects, and was the Los Angeles Region Chair of the selection committee for Marshall Scholarships.