Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president emerita of The Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she worked for 36 years, serving sixteen as its president. As president, Hopkins oversaw the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theaters and cinemas, ranging from the 2,100-seat BAM Opera House to the flexible 250 seat Fishman Space. Hopkins served as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, has been a member of the Mayor’s cultural affairs Advisory Commission, the New York State Board of Regents, and on the Boards of NYC& Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and currently serves on the Trust for Governors Island. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in NY” by Crain’s Business. Among the many honors BAM has received during her tenure is the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts organizations by the U.S. government. President Obama presented the medal to Hopkins at the White House ceremony. And in 2014,Hopkins was one of ten esteemed business leaders appointed to the inaugural Crain’s Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she received her MFA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has received honorary degrees from St. Frances College, Pratt Institute, Long Island University, and a prestigious Doctor of Laws from Columbia University. From 2005 – 2010 Hopkins served as Brooklyn regent for the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Following her retirement from BAM in June 2013. Hopkins recently served as the Inaugural Senior Fellow in Residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, advisor to the New Jersey Performing arts Center, board member of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, senior advisor to and board member of the Alexander S. Onassis Benefit Foundation (USA) and a Nasher Haemisegger Fellow at SMU/Data Arts. Hopkins lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has one son and three beloved granddaughters and daughter-in-law – all happily living in Brooklyn.