Executive Director Vanessa Adato has been the Managing Director of BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2001. Prior, she was the General Manager from 1998-2001. She has been an integral member of the leadership team and has overseen the growth of the organization from $300,000 to its current near $1.5 million dollar budget. Adato works closely with the Board of Directors on fundraising initiatives and other organizational objectives. She has participated in a wide range of notable workshops and seminars including the Arts Leadership Institute (Arts & Business Council), EMCarts Innovation Lab, the National Guild’s Fundraising Lab, and the Devos Institute, among others. Prior to BAX, Adato worked at the American Dance Festival as a Special Projects Administrator. A former dancer, BAX is deep in her DNA and was the first performance venue she participated in after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the early 90’s. She is excited to begin this next chapter co-leading the organization with McGregor building upon Marya’s legacy and commitment to arts and artists in progress.


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