The Neil Morgan Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Alan Ziter, Executive Director, NTC Foundation   

Since 1986, Alan Ziter’s contributions have propelled San Diego’s arts and culture scene to new heights. Throughout his career in nonprofits, Alan has had the opportunity to work with leading San Diego artists, arts administrators, patrons, civic leaders, board members, and audiences to whom he is most appreciative of their collaborative efforts to shine the spotlight on San Diego’s remarkable arts and culture community. 

As NTC Foundation’s executive director, he led efforts to transform 18 Naval Training Center buildings into what we know as Arts District Liberty Station– including galleries, dance companies, museums, and nonprofit organizations. 

With an unwavering passion for creativity, Alan dedicated decades to fostering an environment where artistic expression thrives. His advocacy not only secured over $110 Million in funding but has also encouraged collaboration and innovation, ensuring that the arts remain a vibrant and integral part of San Diego’s identity. After 20 years at NTC Foundation, Alan retired in 2023.