Michael Killoren

Director, Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Michael Killoren serves as the Director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA’s), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America program. Killoren served as director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, from 2002 through 2010, where he led the city’s funding and public art programs, developed policy initiatives to increase public access to arts and culture, and established a groundbreaking partnership to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools. He was Seattle’s first director of cultural tourism for Seattle's CVB, and was executive director of the King County Arts Commission, where he worked to increase access and participation in arts and culture, in rural and suburban communities. He also served as president and vice-president of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation of AFTA.