Phillipa Cole is the director of artistic planning for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she served as the associate director of artistic planning for the Los Angeles Philharmonic where she programmed classical musical for the Hollywood Bowl and the Green Umbrella series. At London’s Almeida Theatre, Cole worked predominately on the contemporary opera season, producing a number of new commissions from composers such as Thomas Ades, Harrison Birtwistle, and Michael Nyman. She then moved to the English National Opera where she was the casting administrator and oversaw the young singers program. She spent twelve years as an agent with Askonas Holt artist management company where she represented seventeen artists, focusing on conductors, singers, and stage directors. Her clients included Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Simon Rattle, James Gaffigan, Ian Bostridge, Magdalena Kozena, and Deborah Warner. Cole studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She served as the Center’s Performance panel chair in 2020 and as a panelist for Performance in 2019.