Adrian Ellis became the Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 1, 2007, after being appointed to the post by the Board of Directors in June 2007. Adrian had recently completed a major project with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Board and senior management, creating a new strategic plan for Jazz at Lincoln Center with his company AEA Consulting.
Prior to this, he was the President of AEA Consulting, a company that specializes in strategic, operational and facilities planning for the cultural sector, which he founded in 1990. Clients include the National Gallery (London), New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Ford Foundation (New York), the Pew Charitable Trusts (Philadelphia), The Cleveland Foundation, and the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford, England.) Between 1986 and 1990, Adrian was Executive Director of The Conran Foundation, where he was responsible for planning and managing the establishment of the Design Museum, London, which opened on Butlers Wharf in 1989.
Between 1981 and 1986, he was a civil servant in the UK Treasury and the Cabinet Office, where he worked on service-wide efficiency reviews and privatization, and for two years ran the office of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (the Minister responsible for monetary policy and regulation of the banking sector.) From 1980 to 1982, he was a College Lecturer in Politics at University College, Oxford. Adrian has been a member of the Governing Council of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales (1996 - 2000) and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Architecture Centre Committee (1997 - 2001), the Kaufman Center, New York, (2002-2007) and Pathé Pictures, a film production company in London.
He received a B.A. Hons (First Class) and M.A. in Politics Philosophy and Economics from University College, Oxford and has lived in New York since 1998.