Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Michael McDowell is Vice President for Arts & Culture and Affinity Markets for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. There, McDowell promotes LA as a premier cultural and LGBT destination to international and domestic travelers and travel-industry professionals. Tourism is LA’s largest industry, with some 42 million visitors spending $17 billion in the local economy each year.
Previously, McDowell held leadership positions at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the University of Southern California as well as progressively responsible positions in higher education, the arts, government and publishing in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
As a consultant, McDowell has advised such clients as Bank of Boston, Bank of Maryland, The Japan Society, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, Loyola Marymount University, The Massachusetts Historical Commission, Northeastern University, UCLA, Virginia Tech and faculty members at Harvard University and MIT, among others.
His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, The Chronicle of Higher Education and in many other publications nationwide.
As a volunteer, McDowell is President of the Travel & Tourism Marketing Association of Southern California and is a member of the Board of Directors of the national Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He also is former Chairman of the Board of Governors of LA Stage Alliance, the region’s largest and oldest performing arts service organization, where he served for nearly a decade.