Julie Baker is a passionate arts professional. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Californians For The Arts in October of 2018, Julie Baker served on the board for four years as chair of the membership committee and Confluence, an arts advocacy conference. She is the owner of Julie Baker Projects, a full-service arts consulting firm. From 2009-2017, Julie Baker served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and California WorldFest, an annual music and camping festival based in Grass Valley, CA.
Baker worked in New York City at several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency, Gerngross & Company Inc. From 1998-2001, she worked as a Senior Executive Producer for Tristream, a 20- person web development and marketing/branding company. From 2001-2009 she owned and operated Julie Baker Fine Arts a gallery of emerging artists, and for 2 years co-founded Flow, an art fair in Miami. She currently serves on the board of CHIRP, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.