Yvette L. Campbell
Former PResident & CEO at Harlem School of Arts
Yvette L. Campbell is 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 is currently living in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with her family.
Prior to this recent international move, Ms. Campbell served as President & CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) from 2011 to 2015. Under her leadership, HSA raised more than $14 million including an extraordinary gift of $6 million from the Herb Alpert Foundation. During her tenure, with the support of a newly engaged board of directors, the School eliminated its inherited debt, rebuilt and increased its endowment, and restored itself as one of this America’s most valued arts institutions.
From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Campbell served as Director of the Ailey Extension, an adult dance program for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, which she named, developed and managed from its inception. The program earned $2 million per year and served 15,000 adults per year.
A native of California, Yvette L. Campbell became passionate about the arts and more specifically dance at the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Dramatic Art – Dance. At Berkeley, she performed and toured Europe with the university’s dance company under the direction of David Wood, former Martha Graham rehearsal director.
Ms. Campbell auditioned for The Ailey School as a scholarship student more than 25 years ago to finish her dance training and performed with Ailey II. While recovering from a dance injury, Ms. Campbell worked as the interim School Administrator for The Ailey School, working closely with her mentor Denise Jefferson, Director of the Ailey School, and continued to train successive School Administrators. After leaving Ailey, Ms. Campbell performed with Elisa Monte Dance for six years as a principal, touring over 26 countries. In 2000, Ms. Campbell officially retired from performing and moved to London with her family where she spent four years teaching and choreographing. During this time, she performed as a guest artist at The Barbican Theatre in London with Wynton Marsalis and JazzXchange, a London-based dance company.
Not-for-profit board experience included over 10 years serving as a board member for JazzXchange in London and Elisa Monte Dance in New York City from 2000-2010.