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Marlene Chavez, Deanie Stein and Andrew Xu elected to board of directors

Marlene Chavez, Deanie Stein and Andrew Xu
elected to LA OPERA Board of Directors


(Los Angeles) October 3, 2017 —Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, announced that Marlene Chavez, Deanie Stein and Andrew Xu were elected to the board at a meeting held today.

"This is wonderful news for LA Opera, for these three new board members can only make our board even stronger," said Mr. Domingo. "I look forward to working with them in their leadership roles as we create new paths for the company's future success, and as we continue to expand our reach and influence on international, national and local levels."

“I am thrilled to expand the energy and influence of our board with three new members who are as eager as I am to find new ways for LA Opera to achieve our mission and guide our future," said Marc Stern, chairman of the company's board of directors. "They join us at an especially auspicious moment. Our just-wrapped season-opener, Carmen, was a hit—not just for audiences at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but also with thousands across the county through our simulcast initiative—and this momentum will fuel us throughout the season ahead.”

Marlene Chavez, Ph.D, is the immediate past president of the Opera League of Los Angeles. After teaching elementary school in Chicago, California and Korea, she earned a PH.D in clinical psychology from the California Graduate Institute. She had a private practice in Encino for 20 years specializing in divorce mediation and family therapy and was a consultant in geriatrics at the Home for the Aging and to the Walker Center for paraplegics. For the past 12 years, she has been employed by the Department of Children Services as a psychotherapist and family finder investigator, connecting foster children with relatives. She resides in Hancock Park with her husband, Victor Chavez, who was appointed to the bench as a superior court judge in 1990.

Deanie Stein has spent most of her career in the advertising and marketing fields, primarily based in New Orleans and in Jacksonville, Florida. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she is a graduate of the Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and of the World Affairs Council in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a trustee of the Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust along with her husband, Jay G. Stein, the chairman of Stein Mart department stores. Mrs. Stein previously served on the board of Women's Digest, Inc. 

Andrew Xu is a managing director, Director of Quantitative Research, at the TCW Group, Inc. He previously was the head of fixed-income technology at Capital Group. His experience in the financial industry includes leadership roles at UBS, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Fidelity investments, in New York, Boston, and now, Los Angeles. He immigrated to the U.S. from China when he was 19. While in New York, he and his husband, Timothy Iverson, were heavily involved in performing arts and were also benefactors of a number of charitable organizations.

LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.

Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera.


LA Opera Media Contact:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554


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