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Staff Directory

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STAFF DIRECTORY:

Jeannie L. Howe, Executive Director, [email protected]

David London, Deputy Director, [email protected]

Kibibi Ajanku, Director of Equity and Inclusion , [email protected]

Renz Balagtas, Equity Manager, [email protected]

Alix Fenhagen, Baker Artist Portfolios Manager, [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, Depuity Director

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David London is an arts administrator and project manager with over 20 years experience serving the arts and culture sector, serving in leadership roles within galleries and museums, as well with public festivals, and arts media. Since joining the GBCA team in 2013, David has served a variety of roles in marketing, program management, and organizational leadership. He has led the development and operation of all of GBCA's technology solutions and audience development programs including CultureFly, SpaceFinder, JobsPlus and The Baker Artist Portfolios, which he has also managed, along with the Baker Artist Awards. In addition to his work at GBCA, David spent over 25 years creating and presenting theatrical and interactive experiences designed to spark the imagination and inspire new ways to see and engage with the world around us. He has toured as a storyteller and magician across the United States, and continues to present talks and workshops on magic, creativity, and "the show business." He holds a B.A. in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago.



Kibibi Ajanku, Director of Equity and Inclusion

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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.

Renz Balagtas, Equity Manager

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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.

Alix Fenhagen, Baker Artist Portfolios Manager

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With a background in arts management, marketing, development, and theatre practice, Alix has consciously combined her passion and creative thinking as an artist with a strategic and collaborative approach to promoting and sustaining artistic endeavors. Alix has worked as a digital marketing and PR strategist and consultant in the arts, helping artists and organizations promote their work to reach and grow audiences. In addition to her work as an arts administrator, Alix is a multifaceted theatre artist, who has had the privilege to work with many of Baltimore’s wonderful theatre companies and artists. Alix believes that arts and culture are deeply woven into the fabric of any community and that artists are integral to continually shaping and enhancing the creative landscape of Baltimore.

She holds a M.A.A.A from Goucher College where she wrote extensively about how active artistic practice enhances adaptive leadership on both a psychological and neurological level. She also holds a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University.

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