Karen Gahl-Mills

Former CEO + Executive Director
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Karen Gahl-Mills just completed an 8 ½ year term as the CEO + executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder of arts and culture activities in Cleveland, Ohio.

A former orchestra manager turned grantmaker and teacher, she has worked passionately throughout her 25-year career to connect the talents of nonprofit organizations with the needs of the community.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She teaches cultural policy at the University of Chicago and fundraising principles and practices at Indiana University. And she still makes music, singing regularly in the community choir at Oberlin College.