Press release

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – The Mammoth Lakes Foundation (MLF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Kevin Lian as the new Executive Director. Lian was initially hired in April 2016 to serve as the Associate Director for MLF.

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Kevin Lian

We believe Kevin is the right leader for Mammoth Lakes Foundation’s strategic goals and the various programs that fall under our umbrella,” said CEO Evan Russell. “He passionately believes in Dave McCoy’s legacy and has a clear-eyed vision for the future. We look forward to the experience and energy he will bring to our community.”

MLF supports the Mammoth community in a variety of ways, mainly focused on higher education and the arts. MLF started awarding scholarships to students in 2003 and has since awarded more than 675 scholarships to Mono County students who enroll full time at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Support for an individual ranges from $800 to $1,000 each semester, which covers tuition and books. Students can earn an AA degree in a number of disciplines and have their credits fully transferred to a UC, Cal State, or to University of Nevada Reno.

 MLF also owns and operates the 100-seat Edison Theatre (programmed by Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre) and the 59-bed South Gateway Student Apartments. It owns 40 acres of land around the campus as well, which are being held for future expansion and community benefit. A plan for a 300-seat state-of-the-art regional theater is currently in the works in conjunction with the Kern Community College District, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and Mammoth Lakes Recreation, among strong private support.

“I am honored and humbled to continue leading the Foundation in this new capacity,” said Lian. “I am dedicated to its mission as it provides vital higher education opportunities and cultural enrichment to our community. Mammoth Lakes Foundation, Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, South Gateway Student Apartments, and Mammoth Lakes Film Festival all play key roles in supporting and contributing to this region’s quality of life.”

Lian worked as the Development Manager for a mid-sized nonprofit in Los Angeles for three years prior to moving to Mammoth Lakes with his wife, Angela, in early 2016. He brings with him extensive experience in fund development, community outreach, and nonprofit strategic planning. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of MLF, his focus also includes increasing revenue streams through individual and major gifts, signature events, and planned giving. He has a degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

MLF invites all members of the community to say hello to Kevin and Angela Lian (and the entire MLF staff) at a Meet & Greet scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at the lobby of Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served and all are welcome to swing by and share a few words.

Please call 760-934-3781 for more information.

WHAT: Meet & Greet with MLF Executive Director & Staff
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa Lobby, 164 Old Mammoth Rd
COST: Free; wine and cheese will be served

The Mammoth Lakes Foundation offers free education (books and tuition) to any Mono County resident and/or high school graduate who pursues an AA degree at Cerro Coso Community College and provides year-round theatre programming at Edison Theatre. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact the Foundation at (760) 934-3781 or visit Our nonprofit work is only possible through your generosity.

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