Dana Baker, Executive Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, is no stranger to Live Events, Concerts and Nonprofits. Chief Memory Maker of her own event planning company, Baker Girl Social Club she boasts an extensive background with Lafayette’s own Festival International and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. Her very successful 11 year tenure began in 2000 as Marketing Coordinator and culminated as Executive Director in 2001. She then utilized her experience as Live Events Manager at Townsquare Media in 2013, where she continued to give Acadiana outstanding ways to celebrate by creating now long-standing community events such as Patty in the Parc and Kidfest. Music has been a passion for Baker her entire life. In 2016, she added another avenue to bring the finest of arts and culture to Acadiana as the Executive Director of Acadiana Symphony.
In her short tenure with the ASO, Dana and her team have worked tirelessly to turn the organization around – successfully growing the average attendance of 300/concert to upwards of 1,200/concert currently. With her leadership, the ASO team has also increased the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra from less than 20 participants to well over 65 aspiring young 3rd through 12th grade musicians. Creating critical jobs in Acadiana and fueling the cultural economic engine of our community has become paramount to Dana’s mission as Executive Director. Her deep rooted passion stems from her love of Lafayette and the people who live here. She strives to unite the community through mentor programs, volunteer work and using her experiences to bring life to events within Acadiana such as Wineaux. Her dedication is mirrored through the workforce that has grown within ASO and the accomplishments they made.