Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 230 employees and facilities, including the 2100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 833-seat Harvey Theater, the four-theater Rose Cinemas, the BAMcafé, and the Fisher building which houses the 250-seat Fishman Space.
In 2004, Hopkins concluded a two-year term as the Chair of The Cultural Institutions Group, consisting of 33 New York City cultural institutions. She was a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is currently a member of the Boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Global Cultural Districts Network and the Performing Arts Center Consortium. She was a participant on the Advisory Committee of the Salzburg Seminar Project of Critical Issues for the Classical Performing Arts (2000-2002) and a fellow of The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation (2001-2002). In 2005, Hopkins received the Encore Award in Arts Management Excellence from the Arts & Business Council of New York, and chaired the Hospitality and Tourism cluster of the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn. From 2006-2010, she served as a member of the New York State Board of Regents.
In 1995, Hopkins served as executive producer of the Bergman Festival, which celebrated the work of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The Festival’s success earned her a medal from the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden. In 2006, Hopkins was awarded France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres for support of French arts in America. In 2007, she was named Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business.” In 2013, She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by Women in Development and named one of Crain’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York.”