Executive Director

Arturo Jacobus

Executive Director Arturo Jacobus enters his fifth season with Atlanta Ballet.  From 1984 through 1993, Jacobus was president of Pacific Northwest Ballet; and from 1993 through 2002, he served as the executive director of San Francisco Ballet.  Jacobus has also served as CEO/executive director of Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle; president of COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, CA; president of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY; and president of the Oakland Symphony in Oakland, CA.  He holds masters degrees in Business Administration, Arts Administration, and Human Resources Management, and he has completed management programs at University of Washington and Harvard Business School.  Jacobus has served on a number of executive boards in the arts community, including Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers' Association, and California Arts Advocates.  Throughout his career, Jacobus has remained actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA, and the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs.  Prior to his career as an arts executive, Jacobus served for twenty years as a bandmaster for the United States Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco, California.  While stationed in Naples, Italy as leader of the US Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), Jacobus founded a fifty-member NATO ensemble of service musicians from the Army, Navy and Air Force of Italy, Greece,  Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO Band performing concerts, variety shows and military ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO.