BAA Foundation

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 1999 to raise essential funds for the school. Each year, the BAA Foundation raises between 35% and 40% of the school’s budget from private sources. The BAA Foundation helps bridge the gap between the school’s allocation from the Boston Public Schools, and the true cost of a high-quality education that is both arts-intensive and college preparatory. Support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors is critical to the school’s ability to offer a comprehensive arts and academic education. Without such support, our city’s young people, living in one of the cultural capitals of the world, would not be able to attend a public arts high school.

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our Tax ID is 04-3454898.

During construction of Boston Arts Academy’s new facilities, the Boston Arts Academy Foundation is temporarily located at 45 Temple Place, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111. We can be reached by email at

Foundation Officers, Directors, and Staff

Lee Pelton, Chairman
Donna Harris-Lewis, Vice Chair
Evelyn Arana-Ortiz (P ‘15), Treasurer
Richard Rudman, Secretary
Sean Curran, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Jennifer Harrington, Marketing Committee Chair
Antoine J. Melay, Jr., Audit Committee Chair

Michael L. Bivins
Ashley Webb Colleary
Tony James
Shellee Mendes
Steven D. Meyers
Hector Piña
Talia Rivera (P ‘19)
Jeff Rosica
Susan Schechter
Kathy Sharpless
Lisa K. Sussman, Ph.D.
Jerry Wheelock (P ‘20)
Malik Yoba

Jay Fee, Nelson Mullins, Pro-Bono Counsel

Sandra Gordon, Founding Chair

Denella J. Clark, President
Laura Alpert, Vice President of Philanthropy
Fred Covelle, Vice President of Finance
David Dines, Director of Operations
Susan Earabino, Director of Corporate Relations & Events
Meghan Walsh, Director of Institutional Giving
Nancy H. Cao, Executive Assistant
Rahit “Rick” Datta, Financial Associate
Dolores Alves, Data Entry Associate
Linda Coleman, Research Associate
Cheryl Sessler, Foundation Associate

Helpful Links for Supporters

BAA Foundation IRS Form 990, 2018-19

BAA Foundation Audited Financials Statement, 2018-19

2018-19 Annual Report

BAA Foundation 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

Donor Privacy Policy

BAA Foundation Whistleblower Policy

BAA Foundation Conflict of Interest Policy