By Steven Leigh Morris
The No-Nonsense Arts Administrator

A colleague had cautioned me that punctuality is a standard Laura Zucker holds in high regard, and that tardiness aggravates her. The wisdom of that advice was apparent when I rang the doorbell of her Sherman Oaks home at 10:58 for an 11 a.m. interview. She flung open the front door, and cheerfully declared – among her first remarks – “And you’re right on time!”

On July 31, 2017, after 25 years of service, Zucker stepped down as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. At the start of her tenure,


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