Anne Ewers

  In July, 2007 Anne Ewers assumed the role of president & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. The $35 million organization owns and operates the Kimmel Center and manages the Academy of Music, home to eight resident companies. In her inaugural year with the center, Ewers retired its $30 million construction debt, raised the endowment from $40 million to $72 million, garnered $10 million to establish an annual city-wide festival and closed the 2007/08 fiscal year with a $1.2 million surplus to be directed to capital improvements. In 2011, her vision to launch the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts was realized. PIFA spanned 25 days, embraced 145 performing, visual and cultural organizations, featuring 1500 artists and touting 32 newly commissioned works. Previously, Ewers held positions as president & CEO of Utah Symphony & Opera, general director of the Utah Opera and general director of Boston Lyric Opera. Active in her community and in several professional organizations, Ewers is a board member and member of the executive committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a board member of The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and on the board of advisors for Opera Boston and Organic Theatre Company. Ewers holds a B.A. in theatre, a bachelor of music from Fontbonne College and a master of music in opera production from the University of Texas at Austin.