John E. McGuirk

Program Director, Performing Arts

John E. McGuirk is the Program Director of Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In addition to his responsibilities working with nearly 250 performing arts grant recipients, he serves as the foundation’s liaison to the Community Leadership Project, a joint effort of the Packard, Irvine, and Hewlett foundations to support low-income and minority-led nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as California’s Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley.

Previously, John was director of the James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Program. From 2001 to 2006, he was a program officer at the Hewlett Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was manager of grants programs for Arts Council Silicon Valley, one of the largest local arts agencies in California. Before that, he worked for six years at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, and held positions at both the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Opera.

He has served on the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Cultural Data Project, and is currently a member of the steering committees of Northern California Grantmakers’ Arts Loan Fund and San Francisco Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund.

John is an adjunct professor at the Center for Management in the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate University. He is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania and earned his master’s degree in public management, with a concentration in arts management, at Carnegie Mellon University.

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