The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) today announced the appointment of Jeannie Howe as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Howe will begin her position on January 3, 2012 and succeeds J. Buck Jabaily who is leaving the position to create Baltimore Open Theatre, a new company.
With over 20 years in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, Jeannie Howe has served as President of the Everyman Theatre Board of Directors. More recently as a consultant, she has led the Capital Campaign which has raised nearly $17 million for the theatre company’s move downtown next season. As Founder and President of BayCliff Associates since 2008, Ms. Howe has been a management and fundraising consultant for various clients including the Arc of Southern Maryland, Center for Mindful Awareness, and the National Marrow Donor Program.
Prior to that, Jeannie Howe spent ten years with The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation) in Washington D.C. in various positions including Vice President and Chief Development and Program Officer, where she developed strategies which quadrupled contributed income, while overseeing the financial management and operations of the organization. Ms. Howe is also a founding member of the Baltimore Book Festival Leadership Committee and serves on the Parent Advisory Group for Baltimore School for the Arts.
In announcing her appointment, GBCA Board Chair and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Paul Meecham said, “Jeannie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Greater Baltimore cultural scene, invaluable assets as GBCA begins its second decade as the voice for this vital and important sector in the social and economic ecosystem of the region. We look forward to her leadership as GBCA seeks to expand its advocacy of arts and culture for the benefit of all citizens.”
A native of Takoma Park, Maryland with a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and an M.A. in Theatre from Miami University in Ohio, Jeannie Howe expressed her excitement at joining GBCA. “Over the past ten years, GBCA has created a rich dialogue in the cultural community and laid the necessary groundwork to strengthen this vibrant and economically powerful sector. I am honored to work with GBCA’s skilled Board of Directors to develop new collaborations, strategies, and resources that will further strengthen the cultural community and its contributions to the entire Baltimore area.”
Since it was launched in 2001 under its founding director Nancy Haragan, GBCA has served as a unifying voice and bridge builder for the arts and culture community. With a membership base of over 80 organizations, coalitions and individual artists, GBCA acts as a convener, providing information and services that benefit arts organizations in Maryland. In addition to a comprehensive online calendar of arts events in the greater Baltimore area, GBCA sends out job listings and half priced ticket offers weekly to over 20,000 arts lovers in Baltimore.
GBCA has sponsored or co-sponsored symposia and the annual Mayor’s Town Hall meeting, and has coordinated cultural organization participation in citywide festivals such as VIVAT! (2003), Tour de Clay (2005), and the MAPS Festival (2008), and also completed a Collaborative Arts Marketing Study. Significant initiatives launched over the past few years have included the Maryland Cultural Data Project, the Wealth Analysis and the Baker Artist Awards.
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance recently completed an extensive strategic planning process, and the implementation of the plan will be undertaken in the coming year, with plans to enhance visibility of GBCA and its members, expand member benefits and programs, create an advocacy program, and provide forums for discussion about challenges and opportunities in the field.