Ava Sadripour
Executive Director of Development

Ava Sadripour is a development professional with ten years of experience in fundraising, with a focus on music philanthropy in Los Angeles.  She has successfully created initiatives for increased fundraising across multiple areas, including major gifts, board engagement, membership and patron programs, foundation and corporate giving, annual fund, and signature events – including an education luncheon with First Lady Michelle Obama and a dinner gala honoring Motown legends Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy.  Ava has established and launched comprehensive development departments for two organizations, including the GRAMMY Museum, where she served as Director of Development prior to joining The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  She began her development career as a Senior Development Associate for Thurlow/Associates, advising a range of nonprofit clients on development strategies.  Prior to that, Ava was a practicing attorney, specializing in international human rights and environmental litigation.

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