Mitch Menchaca

Executive Director, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

Mitch Menchaca is the executive director for the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Menchaca previously was the executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, a leading statewide professional development, research, and advocacy organization for orchestras, choruses, and classical music presenters in the West. Prior to California, Mitch was the vice president of services & COO at Chorus America where he worked in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to advance the association’s strategic plan, programs and services, research, membership, communications, and internal operations. Before Chorus America, Mitch was the director of local arts advancement at Americans for the Arts, where he designed and executed programs that provided support and resources to the 5,000 local arts agencies across the United States. He also was the senior director of programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where he administered a portfolio of more than 300 grantees from all artistic disciplines, with budgets ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million.  

Mitch is the immediate past chairman of The Association of American Cultures; a board member of the Robert E. Gard Foundation; and has served as a grants review panelist for several state and local arts agencies, regional foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Mitch studied theater at Central Arizona College, earned a B.L.S. in public administration at Arizona State University, and he completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center.