Published on Thursday October 4, 2012
After earning his bachelor's degree in materials, Vakharia worked in new product development, marketing, and global product management for W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., manufacturer of GORE-TEX products. He holds two international patents and has developed several new products and technologies.
With over 10 years of experience as an arts administration professional, Vakharia most recently held the position of Director of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he oversaw the operations, expansion, and strategic direction of CDP, a growing national initiative created to improve the management and financial capacity of arts organizations, inform grant making strategies, and serve as a powerful tool for cultural policy research and analysis. Prior to joining Pew, Vakharia served as Director of Technology Services and Programs for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, where he created and launched the Technology Connectors, a program designed to support the technological capabilities of the region's arts and cultural organizations through education, strategic planning, and consulting. As Director of Marketing for the Prince Music Theater, Vakharia oversaw all audience development strategies, and for 12 years was the co-producer of the ArtsFest Film Festival, central Pennsylvania's largest film festival. Vakharia has worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Arts Administration program and earned his Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University.