Karen Brooks Hopkins was an employee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”) for 36 years, serving as its President from 1999 until retiring in 2015. She is Senior Advisor and a Board member of the Onassis Foundation, the Nasher Haemisegger Fellow at SMU DataArts located at Southern Methodist University from 2016-2021, a Board member of the Trust for Governors Island and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. From 2015-2017, Karen served as Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has been awarded honorary degrees from St. Francis College, Long Island University, Pratt Institute and Columbia University. She has also received international honors including the King Olav’s Medal from Norway, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star from Sweden. While at BAM, the institution received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.