Loomis resident Jim Crosthwaite grew up in Auburn, the eldest of four brothers. His father was a truck driver who would be on the road for long stretches of time, so he spent a lot of time entertaining his brothers and coming up with activities to keep them occupied. Looking back, Crosthwaite credits that experience with his later gravitation toward leadership positions. “Being the oldest brother made me the team captain,” he shares. “Most of my adult life, I’ve managed people and worked with teams.”
During college, Crosthwaite started working for the Auburn Recreation and Parks District—the perfect way to combine his love of the outdoors with his outgoing personality. He went on to spend over 30 years in the tourism and events field, working first for the City of Roseville, and later, Rocklin. Over the years, he’s coached Little League, run summer camps, and organized dozens of community events. One of his favorites is the now-annual Woofstock in Rocklin—a ’60s-inspired festival for families and their dogs. As a dog owner, the event is near and dear to his heart, especially since much of the proceeds benefit local animal welfare organizations.
Last May, after volunteering as interim director for a few months, Crosthwaite was given the chance to become the new executive director of the Arts Council of Placer County (placerarts.org), an organization that offers community grants to support a host of arts activities and programs. For Crosthwaite, it’s incredibly fulfilling to see the arts thrive in the region he and his family call home. “I’m impressed with the dedication and passion of all the volunteers that make this organization function,” he says. “Creativity is so important right now...it’s something we don’t want to lose.”