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.

Mark Anderson

Los Angeles, CA


In recent years my focus has been strategic planning. Planning increasingly comes from the need to make significant change or innovation, and I am interested in success coming from a balance of mission and the market.

Training / Education

I am a scientist by training: Colorado State University BS in physical sciences and MIT SM in Nutritional Biochemistry; my academic background gives me both a research orientation and a comfort with quantitative thinking, but I understand deeply the value of the qualitative aspects of planning for arts and culture.


I often provide a fresh take on ways to approach a project. I love design in all forms and have a collection of interesting stationery products.


I am Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington Place in Foundation in Honolulu, the home of the last Monarch of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani. It was the governor of Hawaii’s residence until the early 2000s when a new governors home was built allowing this historic property to be opened to the public, so Washington Place is in one sense a way to reconnect both residents and visitors with Native Hawaiian history, heritage and culture.

Wishful Thinking

Although I don’t see myself as an architect or urban planner, I wish would have studied it.


I missed a lot of the popular culture that influenced my generation because I grew up on a remote ranch in the Rocky Mountains where there was no television, little radio and few telephones.


In addition to my professional skills, I bring a certain self-awareness and sensitivity to my work.