Executive Director of Backline & CEO of Level
Hilary Gleason is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Backline, a non-profit that provides free mental health and wellness resources to music industry professionals and their families. Hilary also serves as founder and CEO of level, a consulting firm that connects businesses and bands to impactful non-profit organizations, which has been in operation since 2017. Her background is in global health advocacy and non-profits, which began in 2007 when she helped to create a neurosurgical partnership between Duke Hospital and the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
To this day, she maintains a lead role in the program, traveling bi-annually to Uganda with teams from Duke and Stanford to host surgical training camps across the country. Hilary is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Global Politics & Economy and Africana Studies, and completed a work study on food aid in the southern African country of Lesotho. From there, she went on to work with Global Health Corps, The United Nations Foundation, and Global Citizen, where she was on the advocacy team which is responsible for lobbying world leaders to fund programs related to ending extreme poverty, and supported in the production of Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, Earth Day 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and related events across the country. She is a lifelong music fan who believes it can inspire and mobilize people around important humanitarian causes.