ACM Lifting Lives Announces New Executive Director Lyndsay Cruz


The ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors and its Search Committee has announced Lyndsay Cruz will join the organization beginning Jan. 2, 2019. This position is based out of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) headquarters in Encino, California and reports to ACM Lifting Lives President and Academy of Country Music CEO, Pete Fisher.

“Lyndsay has well-established relationships with top creative professionals and firms across the entertainment sector and more than a decade of fundraising and event experience. We are excited to welcome her to ACM Lifting Lives and look forward to supporting her success in all our endeavors,” said Paul Barnabee, Vice Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives.

“ACM Lifting Lives has a wonderful history of making a difference, because of the amazing contributions of the country music community,” said Cruz. “I am honored and excited to contribute to the next chapter of the organization’s future.”

Cruz, a seasoned professional experienced in engaging celebrities in charitable affairs, began her career as a political appointee under George W. Bush’s White House where she worked as an Advance Representative for the Secretary of Education, Secretary of Treasury and the Vice President. She then went on to the international non-profit Oxfam America, where she created and managed their first-ever public figures ambassador program for 13 years. She left Oxfam to independently consult for a number of non-profit organizations, including two of the most successful fundraisers in New Orleans’ history, including leading the talent team of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Galas in 2012 and 2014, and other major events and fundraising efforts for The Malala Fund, Emily’s List, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Girl Rising, The World Bank, Harlem Village Academies and many others.

She brings expertise from a range of fields, specifically talent outreach and recruitment, media and public relations, and logistics management to the newly created role of ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. Cruz will lead and collaborate with stakeholders to further the mission of improving lives through the power of music, and execute ACM Lifting Lives 501(c)(3) California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, as well as organizational relationships, to meet qualifying needs.

Beginning Jan. 2, 2019, Cruz can be reached at [email protected].


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