Leadership Changes at Modernism Week

New CEO and Other Organizational Changes 

Don’t worry. The same smiling faces you’re used to aren’t going anywhere, they’re just donning new titles.

Lisa Vossler Smith, who has served as the Executive Director of Modernism Week since 2013, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2022.

Photo: Creativo

Lisa attended Indio High School and grew up in La Quinta where she began her early career training at La Quinta Hotel under the leadership of her mother, Judy Vossler. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, she pursued a career path in special event management. Lisa was awarded “40 Under 40” Young Leaders by Palm Springs Life in October, 2006, was included in the “A-List” Young Professionals by The Desert Sun in November, 2007, received the “Top Business Leader in the Community” designation in the 2014 Women in Business Awards sponsored by Palm Springs Life, won a “Desert Visionary Award” from the Women Leaders Forum in 2016, and was included in the Desert Charities News “Women in Philanthropy” list from 2018 to 2020.

“Lisa is an outstanding individual and a significant asset to our organization. She has a proven history of successfully guiding Modernism Week as we have grown over the years. She did an outstanding job running the organization during the pandemic, when we adjusted our business model to adapt to the national crisis. We have the utmost confidence in her abilities and look forward to working with her in her new role as CEO.”

William Kopelk, Chairman, Modernism Week Board of Directors

To support the new leadership framework, Modernism Week has also promoted from within four new Directors. Davy Aker has been appointed Director of E-Commerce, John Miraglia as Director of Operations and Controller, Sara Dawson has been promoted to Director of Sponsorship, Alex Addrisi to Director of Partner Events, and David Dixon, Creative Project Manager will add CAMP management to his current role and expanded responsibilities.

Be sure to give a big congratulations to our hardworking team when you see them at Modernism Week-October. Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.