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What attracted you to joining the board of PVLA?

I first became associated with PVLA during the pandemic through the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board Observer Program. At that time, PVLA had recently transitioned from operating under the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Business Council, to operating as an independent nonprofit organization. The board’s passion and vision to help PVLA navigate this change really impressed me and pushed me to get involved beyond just being a Board Observer.   

Can you describe your interest/background in the arts?

As long as I can remember, I have been involved in the arts and drawn to the creativity and flexibility that the arts provide. Growing up, I was very interested in music and learned to play the piano and alto saxophone. In high school, I played in the school band and jazz band, and both opportunities allowed me to be creative and get out of my comfort zone. Overall, I love that art allows people from all different backgrounds to connect with one another and have a common interest and passion. 

What impact do you believe PVLA can have on the creative community of Philadelphia?

Since becoming an independent organization, I believe that PVLA’s impact can now evolve more freely as artists’ needs change in the digital and post-pandemic world.  Philadelphia is home to so many amazing museums, venues, and local artists, and I believe that PVLA is in a unique position to help provide legal support to blend the new with the old.  Our Executive Director Ken has done an amazing job over the past 12 months, and I believe that under his leadership and the board’s vision, PVLA’s impact will continue to expand and meet the changing needs of the Philadelphia arts community.


George M. Riter, Jr. is an associate at Schnader in the firm’s Tax and Wealth Management Department. He concentrates his practice on trust and estate issues, including estate planning with a focus on wealth preservation, strategic tax planning, and trust and estate administration. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law LL.M. in Taxation (2020), Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, J.D. (2019), and Elon University, B.S. in Business Management (2015).