La Jolla Playhouse announces new board chair, officers

La Jolla Playhouse has announced a new slate officers for its 2009 board of trustees. The new officers include: David P. Dolgen, board chair; Mark C. Zebrowski, first vice chair; Sheila M. Potiker, second vice chair; Jeffrey Ressler, third vice chair; Michael L. Eagle, treasurer; and Sheri Jamieson, secretary. In addition, two new trustees will join the board this year: Hannah Gleiberman and Judy Smith. Dolgen succeeds Ralph T. Bryan, who will remain on the board for another year as immediate past chair.

David P. Dolgen is a principal of Dolgen Ventures, a private firm dedicated to value-added, entrepreneurial investments with a focus on real estate. Prior to forming Dolgen Ventures with his wife and co-principal Ellen Sarver Dolgen, Dolgen was chief executive officer of SVP Investments, a private equity firm investing in undervalued real estate and business opportunities.

Previously, Dolgen represented Forest City Enterprises. From 1979 to 1981, Dolgen served as senior vice president of American Savings and Loan of Tucson Arizona. In his early professional years he served in a variety of roles in political campaigns in the New York City region and later worked in legislative and political affairs in Washington D.C. until he and his wife Ellen moved to Arizona.

Additionally, Dolgen was a founder and former member of the board of directors of the National Bank of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Tucson, Arizona Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Development. Dolgen has served on numerous community, business and government boards in Arizona and California, including the Pima County and the City of Tucson Bond Committees, the University of Arizona Office of Cultural Affairs. He was a member of the San Diego Advisory Board of U.S. Bank. Most recently Dolgen served on the National Finance Committee of Obama for America and a co-chair of President Obama’s Inaugural Finance Committee. Dolgen is a graduate of George Washington University.

Ralph T. Bryan, managing director-investments for Bryan-Billauer-Kozo, an exclusive, La Jolla-based high net worth and endowment asset management group at Wells Fargo Advisors, ended his three-year term as board chair on March 31.

During Bryan’s tenure, he helped the Playhouse successfully complete its five-year, $40 million capital campaign and led the Playhouse’s annual fundraising efforts for the last three years, during which the organization raised more than $12,000,000 in operating support. He also chaired the 2007 search for the Playhouse’s new artistic director, Christopher Ashley.

La Jolla Playhouse’s board of trustees plays a critical role in ensuring the Playhouse achieves its mission of advancing theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. Toward that end, the Playhouse produces a mainstage season of six to eight innovative productions of new plays, classics and musicals, many of which are world premieres, and supports the creation of new work through its Page To Stage play development program, which includes commissions, readings and workshops.

The Playhouse operates with fiscal responsibility and works to attract a large and diverse audience reflective of the community. The Playhouse also presents a wide range of educational programs.