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Karen Brooks Hopkins

Senior Fellow in Residence, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; President Emerita, BAM

Karen Brooks Hopkins was BAM’s president (where she worked since 1979) from 1999 until her retirement in June 2015. As president, Hopkins oversaw the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theaters and cinemas. During her tenure, BAM received the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts organizations by the US government.

Hopkins has served as the Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, on the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, the New York State Board of Regents, and on the Boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network.

Hopkins is currently the senior fellow in residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a newly created position which she accepted upon her retirement from BAM.