Zenetta Drew joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1987 and has seen the company develop from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 600 with national and international venues, and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents and at two Cultural Olympiads.
Prior to joining DBDT, Ms. Drew’s professional background included 11 years of accounting and management experience at ARCO Oil and Gas Co. During this time, she held ten positions of increasing management responsibility. Most notable were her assignments managing offshore oil platform projects in the Gulf of Mexico and as Oil Revenue accounting manager where she was responsible for 50% of corporate revenue.
Ms. Drew serves on multiple boards including, the Board of Governors for TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), the Advisory Board of DataArts/National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University, the College of Business Advisory Council for Texas A&M University–Commerce, and Downtown Dallas. She serves as Vice Chair for the Dallas Arts District and Treasurer for the City of Dallas’ Dallas Development Fund.
A 2016 Distinguished Alumna from Texas A&M University–Commerce, she also received the 2016 Influential Leaders Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She was awarded the 2016 Obelisk Award for Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus from the Business Council for the Arts and the 2017 International Association of Blacks in Dance-Excellence in Arts Management Award.
Ms. Drew has served on advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Cultural Trust; Houston Arts Council and City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Nationally, she has served on President Bill Clinton’s Americans for the Arts Strategic Planning Committee, and as Board Treasurer for DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project). Currently, she is an artistic advisor for ARTSonepass mobile platform for the arts and an Advisory Friend of the Le Moyne College Graduate Program in Arts Administration.
Ms. Drew was the commencement speaker for TAMU-Commerce in August 2014. She has guest lectured on fundraising, accounting, ethics and arts leadership at SMU, TAMU-Commerce, and Syracuse University. Ms. Drew was adjunct professor at SMU Meadows School of the Art’s course on “Strategic Planning in the Arts,” spring 2018.
Ms. Drew is a graduate of Leadership Arts (1989), Leadership Dallas (1991), Leadership Texas (2010), and Leadership International (2013). She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from East Texas State University, a Management Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Brookhaven College. Ms. Drew is a graduate from the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (2016) and the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business (2017).