Karen Brooks Hopkins

President Emerita, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, United States

Karen Brooks Hopkins was Brooklyn Academy of Music's president (where she worked since 1979) from 1999 until her retirement in June 2015. In May 2004, Hopkins concluded a two-year term as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, which comprises 33 prominent New York City cultural institutions. In this capacity, she also served as a member of the Mayor's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and she was also a member of the boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network. In addition, Hopkins was an active member of the Performing Arts Center Consortium, a national association of performing arts centers, and served as its chair from 1994 to 1996. She was also a participant on the advisory committee of the Salzburg Global Seminar Project of Critical Issues for the Classical Performing Arts from 2000 to 2002 and a fellow of the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation from 2001 to 2002. In 2005, Hopkins received the Encore Award in Arts Management Excellence from the Arts & Business Council of New York, and she chaired the hospitality and tourism cluster of the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn. In 2006, she was elected by the New York State Legislature to the Board of Regents for a term that expired in 2010. She was elected to the Alexander Onassis Foundation Board and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Board in 2015 and currently serves as the first senior fellow in residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as the Nasher Haemisegger Fellow at Southern Methodist University's National Center for Arts Research.


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