Lane Harwell

Lane is Executive Director of Dance/NYC, the leading nonprofit organization for dance in New York. Prior to joining Dance/NYC, Lane was the director of development at New York’s arts-wide advocacy group, the Alliance for the Arts.

His lifelong history in the arts also includes a performance career with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and management experience in diverse theater and service contexts. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA from Princeton University.  

Lane chairs the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Arts Committee and the Steering Committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (aka the Bessie Awards). He is also a graduate of Coro New York Leadership Center's Leadership New York, a New York State Council on the Arts’ panelist for the Regional Economic Development Councils, and a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Arts Coalition, the Policy Leadership Circle for the Cultural Strategies Initiative, and the Advisory Group for One Percent for Culture. 

Why did you apply to the Young Leaders Program? What are you seeking to get out of it?
To make big global impact.
 

What is an interesting fact about you that some people might not know?
Secret poet.
 

What did you aspire to be when you were young?
Dancer.
 

What is one mistake you made that was a great learning lesson?
Picking one is just too hard.  Mistakes = learning