April 6, 2020
 
The Yard Appoints Kim Comart as Interim Executive Director

Kim Comart
September 12, 2019 — The Yard, a nonprofit performance center in Chilmark that supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists, recently announced that Kim Comart has been named interim executive director of the organization.

Comart is taking over from Alison Manning, who decided to step down from her current position and transition into a new role as a senior development advisor to The Yard while also focusing on her family in New York and her own artistic endeavors.

Comart is principal of Comart & Associates, a management consulting firm for nonprofit organizations, which he founded in 1995. He has a background in interim management, strategic planning, organizational development, program evaluation, fundraising, and board development.

Over the past 24 years, he has served as the interim director for 13 nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, including Community Connections Inc., based in South Yarmouth, as well as community art centers and youth development organizations.

"We are delighted to welcome Kim to The Yard’s staff and will greatly miss Alison in her role as Executive Director and her full-time presence at The Yard," Deborah Sale, board president, posted in a message on the organization's website.

"She has made an extraordinary impact over her 12-year tenure, and we look forward to working with her in her new role. The Yard is committed to maintaining its standard of artistic excellence in programs and community services, and we look forward to working with all of you as we continue to meet new challenges and ensure a smooth leadership transition to a permanent executive director."

Before starting his consulting business, Comart worked for six years at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley in Boston, where he served as vice president for community investments.

Earlier, he was director of government relations and legal counsel for the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities (now the Massachusetts Cultural Council).

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Northwestern University and a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

The Yard was founded in 1973 by the late choreographer/philanthropist Patricia N. Nanon.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2017, The Yard reported $1.12 million in revenue, of which $1.04 million came from contributions and grants, and $1.29 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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