Bahia Ramos joined The Wallace Foundation in 2018. She leads the team responsible for the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s investments in arts institutions and youth arts education.
Before arriving at Wallace, Ramos served as program director of the arts for the Knight Foundation, where she led the organization’s strategy for a $35 million annual investment in arts funding across the country. In that role, she built national partnerships and initiatives with organizations such as the Sundance Film Festival and ArtPlace, a collaboration among foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that, from 2011 to 2020, funded arts projects to enhance community development. She also worked on the local level to bring more high-quality arts experiences to diverse audiences and neighborhoods. Previously at Knight, Ramos had served as director/community foundations, managing a $140 million investment in community foundations in 26 cities supporting local civic innovation and community vibrancy.
Ramos received her undergraduate degree in history from Williams College, and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where she was a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society and a National Urban Fellow. She serves on the boards of the Prospect Park Alliance, 651Arts, and ArtTable. Bahia is an avid contemporary art collector and frequent traveler. If you want to see her light up, ask her about tennis, dance, and 90s hip-hop.