“We found a dynamic, strategic and compassionate leader in Karim Baer,” said Board President Lucia Choi-Dalton. “His mindful approach to management and his enthusiastic embrace of LINES Ballet’s mission will continue to help sustain the financial health of this multifaceted organization. The board is excited to begin working with our new leader soon.”
“We are thrilled to have an innovative thinker and leader like Karim on board,” said LINES Ballet Artistic Director & Choreographer Alonzo King. “His energy, enthusiasm, and vision make him a great candidate to lead LINES Ballet into the future.”
Baer most recently served as the Director of Public Programs & Performances at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), a private, non-profit institution of higher education based in San Francisco. Baer built a cultural and intellectual hub at CIIS, expanding a small collection of workshops to a dynamic program featuring internationally known artists, intellectuals and cultural influencers. He was also responsible for tripling the revenue of the Public Programs department. Prior he served as the Managing Director of the 7th Heaven Body Awareness Center in Berkeley and as a Social Worker in the Department of Social Services in Kansas City, MO.
“I have long considered Alonzo King LINES Ballet to be San Francisco’s premier dance company, representing the Bay Area’s commitment to the creative life here and abroad,” said Baer. “Likewise, the organization’s commitment to developing dancers through the LINES Dance Center and its myriad educational programs is inspirational. I am deeply honored, humbled and excited to join the team at LINES Ballet. I hope to be of great service and contribute to the artistic tapestry that is San Francisco.”
Baer received his BA in Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Co. He will remain involved with CIIS as an advisory board member to Public Programs & Performances.
Baer succeeds Janette Gitler, who served as Executive Director from 2011 until July of this year.