Laguna Playhouse Names Elizabeth Pearson Director of Development

Feb 6, 2012
Elizabeth Pearson

Elizabeth Pearson has joined the staff of the Laguna Playhouse as its Director of Development.

"We are delighted that Elizabeth has agreed to join our management team in this key role," says Karen Wood, Executive Director of the Playhouse. "She is well known for her strategic and creative approaches, her high energy and her broad Orange County relationship base. She is just what we need at this pivotal time in the Playhouse's evolution."

As a local resident for nearly 29 years Pearson has raised funds for the North Laguna Community Association, the Boys & Girls Club, the Laguna Beach Seniors, and South Coast Medical Center. As a Laguna Beach City Councilmember and former three-time Mayor, she is able to serve in the new position and continue in her role on the City Council as the organization is a public-benefit non-profit. She will be required to recuse herself from voting on any issues related to the Playhouse while serving on the City Council.

Board President Henry Mayhew offers, "Elizabeth's rich experience and deep roots within Laguna Beach will greatly enhance and support connecting our mission, vision, and outreach efforts that are vital to the success of The Laguna Playhouse."

Pearson's new Playhouse community-driven initiatives such as the "Players Club" are designed to support fundraising operations through socially inspired events, and are receiving strong participation, support and popularity already.

Two-year development Playhouse department staffer, Leslie Mogul, was also promoted to Associate Development Director upon Pearson's acceptance of the lead position. "Leslie is not only an outstanding advocate for the Playhouse, but one of the hardest-working team players I have ever had the pleasure to work with," said Pearson. "I was really pleased to find out how much experience she has in both fund-raising and marketing. I am lucky to be able to team with her."