Tara Aesquivel, MAM

Adjunct Faculty
MA in Urban Sustainability
(310) 578-1080

Master of Arts in Management, Carnegie Mellon University
BA in Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Tara (Scroggins) Aesquivel is an advocate for the arts, education, and sustainable practices. She is a classically trained musician, studying oboe and voice while earning a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Convinced that she could have a broader impact offstage, Tara earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, during which she was selected to study Cultural Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy, and conduct a thesis project for Americans for the Arts.

Tara’s professional experience includes work in strategic planning, fund raising, marketing, and community programs for Pittsburgh Opera, LA Opera, A Noise Within, Antioch University Los Angeles, and The Lukens Company. She has also written blog posts, editorials, and scholarly articles, as well as presenting in webinars and conferences, exploring a variety of topics like fund raising, cultural economics, and professional development.

Tara brings her experience and enthusiasm to Invertigo Dance Theatre as the organization’s first Executive Director. Her volunteer commitments include serving on the Advisory Board of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, the Young Professionals Advisory Board for Inner-City Arts, and the Scientific Committee of the Tafter Journal. Tara’s other adventures include traveling, running, biking, and digging around in her vegetable garden.