President & CEO

Arturo Jacobus

President & CEO Arturo Jacobus enters his seventh season with Atlanta Ballet.  He has served as chief executive of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and San Francisco Ballet for ten years each. He has also served as the chief executive of the Oakland Symphony in Oakland, California; The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Kentucky; The American Center for Wine Food and the Arts in Napa, California; and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. Arturo holds masters degrees in business administration, arts administration, and human resources management, and he has completed management programs at the 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.





Photo by Charlie McCullers.