Renae Williams-Niles is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the newly established University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, overseeing various administrative aspects of the school. For close to 11 years, she worked for The Music Center eventually serving as Vice President of Programming. There she curated the presentation of 50 internationally-acclaimed ballet and contemporary companies, led the commissioning of new works and projects such as LA Dance Project and Slow Dancing, multi-disciplinary collaborations with LA Opera, LA Philharmonic and Center Theatre Group as well as created new programs such as the site-specific Moves After Dark and main stage projects such as BalletNow. She also oversaw family programming and DIY/ participatory art-making. Before joining The Music Center, she served as the Director of Grant Programs for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and participated in their artist selection process for the Ford Amphitheatre and also worked with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre as Company Manager as well as with Grand Performances as Special Projects/Marketing Manager. Renae has served as a grant review panelist for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, United States Artists, among many others. She recently served as the president of the Western Arts Alliance and more recently Renae joined the national Association of Performing Arts Professionals board. Renae serves on the advisory boards for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Dizzy Feet Foundation and BODYTRAFFIC. She also served on the board of trustees for Dance/USA. She is an alumna of the USC School of Journalism, Public Relations and currently resides in Culver City, CA with her husband, three children and a small dog.