Jeri Crawford is President of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and has served on the organization’s Board since 2005. She has led the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 2008 and during that time established the orchestra as resident company at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Crawford has bolstered the organization’s presence through expanding initiatives focused on Youth enrichment and community engagement. Under her guidance, the Youth Concert Series has grown its free concerts, music education and Music Van program to over 30,000 Clark County School District students per year.
In addition, Ms. Crawford has led an exhaustive Conductor search during a two-and-a-half-year period that saw 17 candidates vying for the post. Her reputation and influence assisted with attracting some of the top talent in the U.S. and ultimately, the organization selected rising star and highly credentialed Donato Cabrera to serve as Music Director.
Recognized nationally as a leader in the arts, Ms. Crawford was invited to join the prestigious Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra Trustees (NSONT) in 2015 and was recently elected Vice President, serving on the Executive Committee. This coalition of respected arts and music advocates from around the country serve as advisors to both the Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra. Through her efforts, the NSONT will have their first ever Business meeting in Las Vegas this Fall.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Las Vegas Chapter, recognized Ms. Crawford as Outstanding Philanthropist at their annual National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) awards luncheon in 2015. The event honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities, and the world.
She is a member of the board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) since 2015 and serves alongside esteemed conductors, musicians, educators, trustees and managers all linked together by a shared passion for presenting live classical music. They recently had their first ever Business meeting in Las Vegas.
A long-time fervent supporter of the arts, Ms. Crawford was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in 2015 as a Woman of Distinction for her outstanding contributions in the arts. Additionally, she is a Founder of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Co-founder and President of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America-Nevada (NSCDA), and serves on the National Board of Directors and New Business Committee for NSCDA. Ms. Crawford also serves as a member of: Chairman’s Advisory Board Discovery Children’s Museum, International Women’s Forum (IWF), Nevada, Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, Patrons of the Prado in San Diego, and is an active member in the ownership of Green Valley Grocery.