CEO Search

CEO Search Process

We are pleased to share our progress about the leadership transition at BOPA. Bill Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), announced late June 2017 that he will resign after 37 years with the organization.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Team BOPA, the most outstanding and dedicated staff on planet Earth. The work that we have accomplished together has had a profound, long-lasting and positive effect on the City of Baltimore,” said Bill Gilmore.

The Board of Directors established a Search Committee comprised of BOPA Board members: Anana Kambon, Paula Rome, and Sandy Hillman as well as representatives of the broader Baltimore Arts community: Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Jeffrey Kent, Jed Dietz and Clair Segal. Koya Leadership Partners was retained to partner with us on the CEO search. Koya is an executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients. They have extensive experience with CEO searches in the arts as well as in the nonprofit space generally. 

BOPA and our search partners have begun gathering perspectives from artists, advocates, stakeholders and the community with regards to specific skills, qualities and experiences required of our new leader. All inquiries and resumes received to date have been forwarded to Koya.

“Bill’s impact on arts and culture in Baltimore will be a testament to his amazing commitment for many generations to come,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. "His leadership and his vision have served many mayors, and I feel particularly blessed that he served as part of my team. On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore, thank you Bill, and we wish you much continued success.”

We’re confident our next CEO will carry on BOPA’s great work and equally excited about the innovation and unique tools Bill’s successor will bring to BOPA and Baltimore.

To make candidate recommendations or express interest in this position please email our Koya team directly  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Anana Kambon

Chair, BOPA Search Committee / President, BOPA Board

CEO Search: Position Profile

Koya Leadership Partners has created a Position Profile, an online public document available for candidates to learn more about the responsibilities and expectations for the next CEO. Anyone interested in applying can view the document here

As of Monday, December 4, 2017, Chief Operating Officer Roz Healy will step in as BOPA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.