"Boston Ballet announces Jack R. Meyer as Chairman of the organization’s Board of Trustees. Meyer will lead the 35-member Board as it oversees the administration and artistic direction of one of the leading dance companies in the United States. The group collectively includes leaders in the areas of business and the arts and community representatives.
“Boston Ballet remains dedicated to the highest standards of dance performance, training, and education,” stated Boston Ballet Artistic Director, Mikko Nissinen. “Jack is a terrific addition to our board and will assist in maintaining our mission of bringing new levels of excellence to ballet on stage and in the studio while making it accessible to the broader community. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with Jack and we are thrilled to have him at the helm as we move into a new era.”
Meyer is currently Senior Managing Partner at Convexity Capital Management L.P. located in Boston. Meyer co-founded the firm with managing partners, Dave Mittelman and Maurice Samuels in July 2005. Prior to his work at Convexity, Meyer was President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, which manages the University’s endowment assets, pension funds, charitable trusts and pooled income funds which by the end of his tenure, totaled more than $31 billion. Meyer has also served as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation, as Deputy Controller of New York City, and has held various investment management positions with Lionel D. Edie, a New York investment firm and at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Meyer currently serves as the Chair of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation and is on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of The Boston Foundation. He has also served as a Director of the Investment Responsibility Research Council, and on the investment committees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Massachusetts Pension Fund, and the Atlantic Foundation.
As a long-time subscriber and donor, Meyer joined Boston Ballet’s Board of Trustees in 2008 taking an active role in the Advisory Group. Most recently, Meyer and his wife Elizabeth underwrote the World Premiere of Jorma Elo’s new work to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps which will premiere on May 14, 2009 as part of Boston Ballet’s Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes Centennial Celebration. Meyer’s unique background working with major endowments at both non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as his own philanthropic efforts, makes him an ideal fit for Boston Ballet’s unique institutional model which engages a variety of audiences locally and nationally through company performances, educational programs and community outreach."
Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in North America. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers.
Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is made up of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with Boston Ballet and as an independent group, presenting lecture-demonstrations and unique programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. The Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education is the largest ballet school in North America. In service of its mission to bring the highest quality arts education to all, it reaches and instructs more than 10,000 students of all ages each year through Boston Ballet School, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance education programs are held at four major ballet studio locations, in community centers, and throughout the Boston Public Schools.