MENLO PARK, Calif. – Julie Fry, a veteran arts director, and Marc Vogl, the founder of a San Francisco sketch comedy group, will join the Performing Arts Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as program officers, the program’s director, Moy Eng, announced today.

“I am delighted to welcome Julie and Marc to the Foundation,” Eng said. “I believe they will bring diverse and relevant experiences to the Performing Arts program. After a nationwide search, we are thrilled to have them join us.”

As program officers, Vogl and Fry will research, identify, and analyze potential grantee organizations and, together with Eng, manage the program’s current grants.

Julie Fry comes to the Foundation from The San Diego Foundation, where she served as the first Director of its arts and culture focus and where, in 2006, she was appointed the Associate Vice President, Fund Services. Before joining the San Diego Foundation, Fry was Director of Arts and Business Programs at the San Diego Performing Arts League. she has served on arts boards in both the US and the UK, and currently sits on the board of San Diego Grantmakers. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Joining Fry will be Marc Vogl, who has been involved in performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade. He co-founded the sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster, the Hi/Lo Film Festival and the multi-disciplinary San Francisco non-profit arts organization the Lobster Theater Project of which he was Executive Director until 2006. Additionally, Vogl has experience as an actor, writer, director and producer. He is a graduate of Brown University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

The Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program is founded on the premise that the experience, understanding, and appreciation of artistic expression gives value, meaning, and enjoyment to people’s lives. Its mission is to support artistic expression and its enjoyment through grantmaking aimed at sustaining high-quality San Francisco Bay Area performing arts organizations.

About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1966 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world.  The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.