Photographer Jeff Rovner

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach announced the new 2020 board election results. Of the five candidates and 470 ballots cast, David Perry (incumbent), Treasurer Fred Sattler (incumbent), and Jeff Rovner were voted as the new three-year term board members. As the newest board member, Jeff Rovner offers a powerful connection to the performing arts, knowledge, unique skills and experiences that are sure to elevate the Festival of Arts for many seasons to come.
“We are delighted Jeff Rovner is joining the Festival board,” said Festival of Arts president David Perry. “His diverse set of skills and exceptional track record of success will serve to further complement the Festival’s extensive range of board member expertise.”
During his 25 years as a Laguna Beach resident, Rovner has been a consistent supporter of the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts. In 2017, Rovner become a Festival exhibitor and has continuously been an exhibitor since then, while contributing to the local arts community in many other ways. He’s responsible for introducing the Festival’s management to Le Petit Cirque, a renowned all-kids circus troupe whose performances have been the highlight of the Festival’s Family Art Day event for the past three years. Rovner also volunteered as a judge and coach at local junior art events, participated in several of the Festival’s Art Talks, and spoke at a meeting of Laguna Outreach for Community Arts. Many of his photographs have helped promote the Festival and the Pageant in the local media and on the Festival’s website. At the invitation of the United Nations, Rovner also exhibited his “Artificial Intelligence” portfolio last May at the UN’s annual AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.
When Rovner is not making photographs, he is an attorney and adjunct professor at the George Washington University Masters’ Program in Law Firm Management. For the past 13 years, Rovner been the Managing Director for Information at O’Melveny & Myers, a global law firm of about 800 lawyers, where he leads and orchestrates all of the firm’s information and technology functions. In addition to his technology solutions winning numerous innovation awards in the legal industry, he is also a Fellow and Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management, and a member of the Lexis-Nexis Advisory Board.
“In running for a seat on the Board, I didn’t come with any agenda or platform, other than my desire to devote my skills, focus, judgment, and integrity to the preservation and betterment of the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters,” commented Rovner. “Over the years, I‘ve grown to love everything about the Festival and Pageant, and I want to do my part to ensure their continued success.”
Completing the current Festival’s board, Rovner joins president David Perry, treasurer Fred Sattler, secretary Pat Kollenda, Wayne Baglin. Kathy Jones, Tom Lamb, Anita Mangels and Bob Moffett. Board members are elected for three-year terms by the Festival’s Orange County membership. They volunteer their time, skills and collective leadership to determine policy and set the future direction of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters.

Art Photographer Jeff Rovner Elected to Festival of Arts Board of Directors