Yvette L. Campbell has served as President & CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) since January 2011. Under her leadership, HSA has raised nearly $10 million including an extraordinary gift of $6 million from the Herb Alpert Foundation. During her short tenure, with the support of a newly engaged and highly competent board of directors, the School has eliminated its inherited debt, rebuilt and increased its endowment, and been restored as one of this nation’s most valued arts institutions.
She served as Director of the Ailey Extension, Ailey's adult continuing education program, for more than five years, which she named, developed and managed from its inception. The program earns $2 million per year and serves 15,000 adults per year. A committed not-for-profit professional, focused on the performing arts, with demonstrated strengths in entrepreneurial start-ups, strategic planning, operations management, marketing, fundraising, financial reporting, developing software solutions and cultivating client relationships. Ms. Campbell became passionate about dance at The University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Dramatic Art – Dance.
Ms. Campbell studied dance at The Ailey School, performed with Ailey II, and worked as the interim School Administrator for the Ailey School, working closely with mentor Denise Jefferson, Director of the Ailey School. Ms. Campbell danced with Elisa Monte Dance for six years as a principal, touring over 26 countries. In 2000, Ms. Campbell moved to London with her family where she taught classes and choreographed as a guest artist. She also performed as a guest artist at The Barbican Theatre in London with Wynton Marsalis and JazzXchange, a London-based dance company. Board experience included over 10 years serving as a board member for JazzXchange in London and Elisa Monte Dance in New York City.
Since taking the helm at HSA in January, Ms. Campbell has been featured in the New York Times, Essence and Uptown Magazines and named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2011.