Atlanta Ballet has selected Juliana Han Witt as Chief Advancement Officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 26, 2022.
Juliana Han Witt is an accomplished specialist in development with nearly 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Atlanta Ballet, she held senior roles in various renowned cultural institutions including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, and National Dance Institute. As the Senior Director of Institutional Giving at The Philadelphia Orchestra, Han Witt was responsible for managing an active portfolio of corporate, foundation, and government donors and prospects, raising up to $8 million annually to support the Orchestra’s programs and initiatives. During her tenure as Deputy Director of Institutional Relations and the Broadcast Campaign and as Director of Government and Foundation Relations at The Metropolitan Opera, Han Witt led the institution’s government and foundation fundraising strategies and efforts. She not only raised over $3 million in unrestricted government and foundation monies, as well as more than $4 million in special campaign funds, but also designed and executed a comprehensive solicitation plan that supported the organization’s long-term fundraising goals. At National Dance Institute, Han Witt helped to generate nearly one-third of the operating budget through institutional giving initiatives and successfully directed research on new funders.
Throughout her prolific career, Han Witt also held positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Little Orchestra Society, The Juilliard School, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition to her many impressive achievements in development, she has also served as an educator, musician, and composer. Han Witt holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Smith College.
In making the announcement, Atlanta Ballet Executive Director Tom West said, “We are delighted to welcome Juliana Han Witt to Atlanta Ballet. With her great passion for the performing arts and outstanding wealth of expertise in development across a wide range of nonprofit organizations, Juliana stood out as the ideal candidate for this position.”
“It is an honor to join Atlanta Ballet’s vibrant community of extraordinarily talented dancers, educators, and staff,” said Han Witt. “I was drawn to the company because of the incredible legacy of creativity and artistry that it has built over the last nearly 100 years, coupled with its commitment to sharing the joy of dance through education and community engagement.”
“Congratulations to the Atlanta Ballet board and staff on the appointment of Juliana Han Witt as Chief Advancement Officer,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Juliana’s extensive expertise, commitment to partner relationships, and impressive business acumen will make her a tremendous asset to Atlanta Ballet as it continues its path of engaging and inspiring the Atlanta community.”