Chief Operating Officer
Scott Rowitz brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience in the nonprofit sector to his role at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. At YBCA Scott oversees all business, financial, and operational functions for this multidisciplinary arts organization.
Previously Scott served as the Managing Director for the California Film Institute (producers of the Mill Valley Film Festival and Rafael Film Center) where he was in charge of organizational operations and financial management. He was instrumental in directing the organization’s fundraising progradms, creating key community partnerships, as well as implementing successful long-term business and strategic plans. Scott served as the Executive Director at the Denver Film Society (which includes the Denver Film Festival and the Starz Film Center) for nearly eight years, providing leadership and oversight for all business and artistic functions for this renowned nonprofit film arts organization. During his tenure there he increased annual audience attendance from 50,000 to nearly 200,000, oversaw projects and growth which dramatically increased the organization’s reserves and assets, and created the infrastructure for a future multi-million-dollar real estate development project to create a permanent home for the organization. Previously he was Associate General Manager at the Denver Performing Arts Complex managing organizational functions for this multi venue world class performing arts center as well as Operations Manager for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
Scott earned his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Colorado, Denver and a BA in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder.