Kirkland Performance Center Welcomes Jeff Lockhart As Interim Executive Director

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Jeff Lockhart has been named Interim Executive Director of the Kirkland Performance Center, effective Monday, February 10, 2014, Kathe Fowler, president of the Center's board of directors, announced today.   


As Interim Executive Director, Lockhart will be responsible for stewarding the mission, programs and overall vitality of the Kirkland Performance Center until the board conducts its national search for a permanent Executive Director.  Lockhart will help manage the Center's relationship with all stakeholders, as well as manage its administrative, fiscal and fundraising plans.     


Lockhart is Executive Director of the Creatio Institute at Northwest University.  At Creatio, which he has led since 2009, Lockhart has managed day to day operations of a multi-faceted music industry institute that includes academic degree programs, a commercial recording studio enterprise, and youth music industry programs.  In addition, he was responsible for advancement, development, marketing and recruitment strategies for the Institute.   

Lockhart and his fellow Creme Tangerine bandmates performed a benefit concert to a sold out crowd at KPC in January.


Prior to the Creatio Institute, Lockhart was Vice President of Development at Northwest University.  He has also been an investment manager at Edward Jones Investments in Snohomish, and, prior to that, the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Northwest University.   


As a performing artist, Lockhart is the founder, manager and drummer for Creme Tangerine.  In 2011, Lockhart received the Kirkland Cachet Award from the city of Kirkland, an award given to the person who contributed most significantly to the arts, heritage and culture of the city in the previous year.  Lockhart holds a BA from Northwest University and will receive his MBA from Northwest this year.


The board and staff thank former Executive Director Daniel Y. Mayer, who left the organization early this year. During his tenure, Mayer brought recognition to KPC as a valuable member and partner in the Arts community.  He brought unique and amazingly varied artists to our community and elevated our understanding of artistic choices. We commend him and wish him well in his future endeavors.