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Staff Directory

Office Phone: 410-230-0200

Office Fax: 410-685-1174

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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 Manager
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Renz Balagtas, Program Assistant
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Nick Horan, Communications Manager
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Rebekah Highfield, Development and Membership Assistant
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Alexis Dixon, Executive Assistant
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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 Manager
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The Baltimore arts community was the platform that nurtured Kibibi Ajanku’s passion for art, and started an artistic journey that began with the study of western forms of movement and training in the visual arts, and continued into an exploration, execution, and deep passion for ethnically charged art forms of all varieties. Ajanku attended Morgan State University and received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Ajanku has traveled the African Diaspora to study, teach and perform to with many masters. She is the Founding Mother of the Baltimore-based Sankofa Dance Theater, a group that continues to share joyous spirit by bringing movement and rhythm together in layered, interlocking rhythmic patterns. Ajanku believes that when presented properly, art is the perfect vehicle to move forward into greater intercultural awareness for the global community. As a result, she is continuously involved in programming that expands awareness, builds insight, and connects people. To that end, Ajanku is a senior staff member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance where her primary responsibility is the forwarding of racial equity and inclusion through the management of the Urban Arts Leadership Program.

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 and hosts workshops to share his knowledge about the role of community for public arts.

Nick Horan, Communications Manager
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Nick Horan is an arts marketer and advocate who has been living and working in Baltimore for the past 5 years. 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.

Rebekah Highfield, Development and Membership Assistant
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Rebekah Highfield is an artist born and raised in Baltimore. Always passionate about the arts, she has used her interests to fully explore her home city. Rebekah graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Music in 2013. She has recently started a small cover band with her two sisters, with whom she grew up singing. Rebekah has also started a photography business in recent years, taking on nature, lifestyle, events, and portrait opportunities. She was involved with The Maryland State Boychoir from 2015-2017, where she found her love of working for nonprofits in the arts. She looks forward to exploring new ways of encouraging a vibrant community in the arts with GBCA.

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