Edward L. Rada, Project Associate
Finance & Business Planning
Ed Rada has an extensive background in non-profit and entertainment management and accounting, having served as Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for theatres with annual budgets of $10 to $40 million. He is a certified public accountant who has served such distinguished clients as USA for Africa, Comic Relief and the California Channel. While at Ernst and Young in Los Angeles, he managed the business affairs for such well-known clients as Neil Simon, Johnny Carson, and Fleetwood Mac and is an expert in the areas of finance, human resource law, information systems, and risk management.
Ed is currently working as a full-time consultant to various arts and entertainment clients. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and as Managing Director of the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, one of the country's largest and most prestegious regional theatres.
Prior to accepting his position with the CTG, he was the President and CEO of the Music Center Foundation in Los Angeles, Chief Financial Officer of the Center Theatre Group and Director of Finance at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre where he assisted senior management in the implementation of a new accounting software system, reorganized employee retirement plans and supervised the company's annual finances and business affairs during a period of significant growth.
Ed holds an A.B. in economics from Occidental College and has completed in post-graduate studies in accounting, management, and law at both UCLA and UCSB. He has also completed advanced studies in the UCLA Extension Program at the prestigious Anderson School of Management. He continues to serve the community as an active participant in various non-profit organizations and has provided leadership as a trustee to a number of not-for profit organizations such as Project Angel Food and the Tessitura Network, Inc.