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Staff Directory

Office Phone: 410-230-0200

Office Fax: 410-685-1174

General E-mail: [email protected]

STAFF DIRECTORY:

Jeannie L. Howe, Executive Director
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David London, Baker Artist Portfolios Manager
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Kibibi Ajanku, Equity and Inclusion Director
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Renz Balagtas, Program Assistant
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Nick Horan, Communications Manager
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Teara Q. Booker, Director of Development and Membership
tbooker@baltimoreculture.org

Alexis Dixon, Executive Assistant
[email protected]

STAFF BIOS:

Jeannie L. Howe, Executive Director
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Jeannie L. Howe is the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), a regional, membership organization that was organized by artists and cultural organizations to unify, nurture and promote the cultural sector in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties. Under her leadership, since January 2012 GBCA has transformed and expanded its services to the cultural community, including: new professional development initiatives for artists and emerging arts management leaders of color; re-launched audience development strategies; supported artists with awards and grants; and advocated for the health, visibility, and financial strength of the sector. Membership during this time has increased from 80 to nearly 500 artists and organizations.

Prior to joining GBCA, Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates, and provided management and fundraising consultation for nonprofit clients, including Everyman Theatre in Baltimore for whom she led a successful $17.7 million capital campaign. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation). Howe has held many volunteer positions including her current service on the Baltimore Orchard Project and Callaway Garrison Improvement Association Boards of Directors. Howe received a M.A. in Theatre from Miami University of Ohio and a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In 2014, the Daily Record recognized her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

David London, Baker Artist Portfolios Manager
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David London is an arts administrator and project manager, with over 15 years experience in the arts and culture sector. He has served in leadership roles for galleries, festivals, conventions, arts media, and large scale interactive experiences. David joined the GBCA team in 2013, where he manages the Baker Artist Awards and Culture Fly. In his other life, David is a magician and storyteller with over 25 years of performing arts experience, and is the Co-Founder and Operations Director of the Circus of Wonders, dedicated to spreading wonder, magic and play across the universe. He holds a B.A. in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago.

Kibibi Ajanku, Equity and Inclusion Director
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Kibibi Ajanku curates and guides the elements of the Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance where she serves as Equity and Inclusion Director. Under her leadership, the Fellowship has increased racial inclusion within arts sector leadership and has positively altered workplace best practices through actively training, placing, and referring an annual cohort of emerging professionals. Also, Ajanku is the Urban Arts Professor for a small cohort of students at Coppin State University, and additionally serves as a Community Researcher for Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her work as an arts leader, an artist, and an educator; Ajanku works consistently and deeply as a social justice voice. She also leads monthly equity conversations for the Alliance and is excited to administer the evolution of a new Urban Arts Field School project with Urban Arts Leadership fellows and community folklorists, recently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alexis Dixon, Executive Assistant
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Alexis Dixon is a visual artist and curator born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received her BS in Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts from Bowie State University and holds an MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Personally and through her artistic practice, Alexis strives to push the narratives and experiences of Black women from margin to center. Carving space for Black women to heal and see themselves reflected in all things related to art + life + beauty are her foremost goals.

Renz Balagtas, Program Assistant
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Renz Balagtas moved from the Philippines to San Diego, California when he was five years old. From San Diego City College, he transferred and went on to graduate from MICA in 2014. Since his graduation, Renz has dedicated himself to supporting and advocating for the success of emerging artists in the community. In 2016 he co-founded a small business with two friends focusing on promoting and curating local artists work. Currently, Renz is a freelance muralist, podcaster and digital media producer focusing on graphic design, videography and animation.

Nick Horan, Communications Manager
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Nick Horan is a marketing/social media specialist and advocate who has been living and working in Baltimore since 2013. He holds a Masters in Performance from the University of Maryland and teaches Japanese performance styles in the Baltimore/DC region. His performance work focuses on the LGBTQIA+ experience and has been recognized at festivals nationally and internationally.

Teara Q. Booker, Director of Development and Membership
tbooker@baltimoreculture.org
As an Urban Arts Leadership Alum, Teara isn’t new to the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance by far. She is an arts administrator, advocate, author, and professor who is very excited about her new role in Development and Membership. Teara is passionate about advocacy, making sure all Marylander's have equal access to quality arts experiences and statewide funding. Since 2013, Teara has designed and taught arts administration, nonprofit management and leadership courses at the university level throughout Maryland, online and beyond. She has served on area nonprofit boards in Development roles. Has chaired the Development Committees on Nonprofit Boards and helped small organizations with fundraising plans. In addition, Teara has also shared her vision of access and education for all in the community providing workshops and mentorship to teens, people in institutions, and diverse senior populations. Teara received her Bachelors in Arts Administration, her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. In the small amount of “free time” she has, Teara enjoys traveling and has experienced over 46 countries to date.

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