Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and William Kerr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbitron Inc., Elected to Board

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

press releaseContact:
Catherine Brandt
202-712-2054
press@artsusa.org

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced today the election of Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and William Kerr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbitron Inc., to its Board of Directors.

"We take great pride in having extremely talented, knowledgeable, and active leaders serving on our Board of Directors," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "As such, Michelle and Bill will be tremendous additions to our Board. I look forward to working with them and our other board members to further expand the reach the arts have in America."

Michelle T. Boone is Commissioner, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In addition to her duties there, Michelle is an adjunct professor at DePaul University; serves on the boards of numerous arts and cultural organizations; and has been a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Cuyahoga (OH) Arts and Culture program, among others. She was previously the director of Chicago’s Gallery 37 and began her career working in television, film, and the recording industry. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Africa.

William T. Kerr is the current Chair of the Americans for the Arts Business Committee for the Arts Executive Board. He has worked with Arbitron Inc. since May 2007, serving first as director and then as president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Arbitron, he worked with Meredith Corporation in several different capacities, including chairman of the board of directors, chairman and chief executive officer and president and chief operating officer. He previously served as a Vice President of The New York Times Company and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. He has been a member of the Boards of Directors of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. and Whirlpool Corporation since 2006. He also serves as a member of the board of Penton Media, Inc.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.