Lane Harwell

Executive Director, Dance/NYC

Lane Harwell is a nonprofit executive, advocate, educator, and former artist working to advance mission-driven causes. Lane is currently Executive Director of Dance/NYC, supporting more than 1,200 dance makers and companies in the metropolitan area. He is an appointee to New York State's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts and New York City’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and Department of Education’s Arts Education Committee. Lane chairs the New York Dance and Performance Awards and is a member of leadership committees for Trust for Governors Island, Hunter College, New York Public Library, and New Yorkers for Culture & Arts. Prior to Dance/NYC, he held the senior development role at the arts-wide advocacy organization Alliance for the Arts. A lifelong New Yorker and a product of its creative and social justice sectors, Lane's history in the arts also includes training at the School of American Ballet and a performance career with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. He holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, a MA in Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University. Lane is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a participant in National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Program.