The Cultural Planning Group was formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, combining the consulting practices of the founders. The firm now has five partners, based in California, Philadelphia and Hawai’i. Our focus has expanded to include the largest cultural planning practice in the US. Our partners include some of the country’s foremost practitioners in organizational capacity building and public art. We often collaborate with colleague consultants and firms, and we have close, ongoing relationships with strategic partners that expand our own capacities.

Hope Tschopik Schneider

Strategic and Business Planning

A management consultant with 28 years of experience in private practice, Hope Tschopik Schneider works with organizations in the nonprofit sector in strategic planning: business model development, program planning and evaluation, organizational design and development. She works with a wide array of clients: arts organizations, individual departments within the university settings, human service agencies, environmental organizations, government agencies and foundations. A partial roster of clients includes The National Endowment for the Arts, The Times Mirror Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, Public Radio International, Yosemite National Institute, The Haynes Foundation, The University of Southern California – KUSC-FM, The University of Southern California – Center on Philanthropy, Grand Performances, California Institute of the Arts and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Her most recent clients include the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, Grand
Performances, The Pasadena Conservatory of Music, University of Pennsylvania –
PennPraxis of PennDesign, The San Francisco Symphony, The War Memorial Museum
of Aukland, NZ and People’s Light and Theatre Company.

She is often asked to facilitate meetings and moderate panel discussions on topics as
varied as organizational development, conflict resolution, exhibition and program design
as well as forums on public policy in the arts, education and the environment.

Ms. Schneider is currently on the management faculty at Claremont Graduate University, the Peter F. Drucker and Masotoshi Ito School of Management, as the supervising faculty for the degree conferring requirement, the Consulting Practicum. Her academic appointments have been many and continuous since 1981. She has served on the management faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management UCLA from 1981 to 1994; California State University at Dominguez Hills in 1992 and 1993; the Urban Services Training School for the Urban Council of the Hong Kong Government from1991 to 1994 and has been a member of the core-training faculty for the Center for Cultural Innovation in strategic planning since its founding in 2001.

Prior to becoming a management consultant, Ms. Schneider was Associate Director of
the Olympic Arts Festival during the Games of the 23rd Olympiad, Los Angeles, in 1984.

Ms. Schneider currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Descanso Gardens Guild and is on the Board of a private company, the McEvoy Group, owners of Chronicle Books and other media companies. She has served in many positions of voluntary leadership including Chairman of the Board for Arts, Inc.; Vice Chair of the Board for Aids Project Los Angeles; the President of the Board of Westridge School; and, as a Member of The Tricycle Foundation (publishers of Tricycle Magazine).

MBA, University of California Los Angeles
BA, University of California Santa Cruz, Classics cum laude
Piano Studies, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the studio of Elizabeth Babor