Christen Boone

President & CEO
Fund for the Arts
Louisville, Kentucky

Christen McDonough Boone is the President & CEO of the Fund for the Arts, building a stronger, more vibrant community through the Arts. Founded in 1949, Fund for the Arts is the regional arts agency and the largest funder of the arts in the Greater Louisville region.  The Fund raises $9 million annually through a united arts campaign, drives arts access, education and innovation throughout the region, and supports more than 100 organizations, artists and initiatives.  Before joining the Fund for the Arts, Christen served in leadership roles for some of the country’s most treasured cultural institutions.  She has raised more than $250 million for regional nonprofit organizations, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Fund, and The Parklands of Floyds Fork, one of the nation’s largest new urban parks.  She served as Director of the Greater Louisville Project and founded the Boone Group, coaching and consulting in nonprofit and community development.  Christen serves as the Chair of the national Private Sector Council for the Americans for the Arts, and locally on the board of Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville Downtown Partnership, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Governors Scholars Program and chairs the GSP Foundation.