David Hamilton Named Executive Director

The Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce David Hamilton as the organization's next Executive Director, succeeding Interim Co-Executive Directors Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert. He will start in his new role at the organization on August 27th, 2018.

David’s hire follows an extensive search which attracted applicants from around the country. David comes to The Cedar with array of organizational leadership, intercultural development, and financial management experience, with more than seventeen years of leadership and management experience at community-based organizations and a first-hand knowledge of music, dance, and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

David most recently served as the Director of Operations for Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience, where he was awarded Augsburg’s 2018 Employee of the Year award for his work developing the Center’s work in experiential education, social justice and community engagement. As a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), David also served as a leader on Augsburg University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. In his previous role as the Executive Director of Access Works, David led a cutting edge social service agency providing harm reduction services to injecting drug users and other at-risk populations. David studied Political Science at Macalester College, got a Masters in African History at the University of Minnesota, and obtained a Mini-MBA for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of St. Thomas. As an artist, David has played with a variety of groups including Ticket to Brasil and High & Mighty, and has recently turned his focus to the study of Afro-Latin dance.

Steve Katz, The Cedar Cultural Center’s Co-Board Chair, shares: “We’re thrilled to have David on board as The Cedar’s next Executive Director. As we looked for the the organization’s next leader, we knew we needed someone who would support and grow The Cedar’s mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through global music and dance. David brings a deep knowledge of the neighborhood, an artist’s perspective, and a fresh, vital skill set to our work as we enter into our 30th Season.”

“I’m excited to join a thriving organization on the eve of its 30th Anniversary,” says David Hamilton. “This longevity is testament to both the crucial platform The Cedar provides for global music and dance and the important work it does with the community.  I’m honored to help pilot an organization which impacts positive change. My goal will be to inspire, energize and connect with the community, staff, board, and donors to explore ways to grow and to enhance The Cedar as we move forward.”