Ramona A. Baker brings more than 25 years of leadership experience as a CEO of arts councils and cultural organizations to her work as an arts management consultant. Ramona is also Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration Program (MAAA) at Goucher College, where she teaches graduate coursework, manages faculty, and mentors a new generation of nonprofit arts administration professionals.
As a chief executive, Ramona has demonstrated her leadership guiding numerous organizations, staffs, and boards. Her expertise has evolved through her work as an executive director, a member of local and national boards of directors, and a leading arts management consultant. Throughout her career, Ramona has developed grants and funding programs, cultural tourism initiatives, marketing research, public art, and arts education programs. She also produced festivals, chaired national conventions, and allocated funding to organizations and individuals.
During her 10-year tenure as CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, she increased public city funding for the arts by over 350%, instituted one of the largest fellowship programs for artists in the U.S., and increased the Arts Council’s cash reserves by over 3000%.
With experience in public policy at all levels of government, Ramona has worked with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and has testified in support of the arts before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee as well as various local, state, and regional governmental agencies. Ramona has raised both public and private money for operations, programs, and capital construction.
Ramona is a frequent speaker and facilitator, and has lectured in colleges and communities throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Australia, and Northern Ireland. She is the author of several articles and monographs that address a range of topics from nonprofit arts leadership to public funding for the arts.