The Creative Alliance has selected Gregory S. Smith as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on January 10, 2022.
An experienced and passionate arts nonprofit and business manager, Smith comes to Creative Alliance following his most recent position at Minnesota Public Radio/the Fitzgerald Theater. As the Business Operations Manager, he was responsible for revenue goals and newly imagined guest experiences that enhanced sales. He was also the Producer for the monthly series, In Focus, featuring conversations on issues impacting BIPOC communities.
Smith has also worked at the Columbia Center for the Arts, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Children’s Theatre Company. Smith’s career started on the stage as an actor, director, and choreographer and he holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from East Carolina University.
In making the announcement, outgoing Board President and member of the search committee Doreen Bolger said, “Gregory arrives at such a thrilling time in the Creative Alliance’s history. For 26 years, the Creative Alliance has celebrated the transformative power of the arts and community in Baltimore. Gregory brings experience in leadership, fundraising, support of the broad spectrum of the arts, and engagement with the communities he has worked and lived in. Gregory is a positive and collaborative leader. The board and I are confident that Gregory’s warmth, collegial and collaborative style, and passion for making the arts accessible for all people will endear him to staff, artists, communities, volunteers, board, and donors.”
“The future is bright for the Creative Alliance and we are thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Gregory Smith, to lead the organization at this exciting time,” said incoming Board President Sophia Silbergeld. “He joins a talented, energetic, and visionary staff and will be supported by a strong and supportive board of trustees.”
“I am delighted to join such an amazing organization and be part of Baltimore,” said Smith. “The Creative Alliance has such a rich history and I am joining at a time where the reach of the Creative Alliance is expanding. The organization’s mission, to be a catalyst for building stronger communities through the arts and with artists from diverse backgrounds, will expand with the new Creativity Center. The Creativity Center is a testament to the Creative Alliance’s commitment to the arts and the communities of Baltimore.”
“Congratulations to the search committee, board, and staff of the Creative Alliance on the appointment of Gregory S. Smith as Executive Director,” said ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “Smith’s vast experience with arts and nonprofit organizations, as well as his passion for connecting with communities, will serve the organization well as it moves into this new chapter.”