Founded in 1940, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is a cultural institution. ABT’s mission, to create, preserve and extend the legacy of classical dance, cannot be achieved without truly devoted artists, staff, trustees and partners. As a child, Kara Medoff Barnett decorated her bedroom walls with ballet posters. She now serves as Executive Director of ABT, a dream fulfilled. Every decision she and her leadership team make comes from a place of care and passion. The decision to work with the Bank was no exception. Like ABT itself, First Republic is a deeply human enterprise focused on creative collaboration. First Republic is proud to serve as a partner to America’s National Ballet Company®.