Gary Steuer has headed Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy since October 1, 2008. Prior to Mr. Steuer’s appointment, the City’s cultural agency had been closed for many years. Mr. Steuer was recruited by Mayor Michael Nutter to re-establish and reinvigorate the City’s cultural programs and efforts. Creative economy is a new addition to the charge of the office, and chief cultural officer is a new cabinet-level position. Before joining the Nutter administration, Mr. Steuer was the vice president for Private-Sector Affairs at Americans for the Arts, which serves as the national service organization for local arts agencies and had the additional title of executive director of the Art and Business Council of Americans for the Arts. He was responsible for leading efforts to stimulate more private sector support for the arts, including promoting partnerships between the arts and business sectors. Mr. Steuer served for ten years as the president and CEO of the Arts & Business Council Inc. before and during its merger with Americans for the Arts. He has written, lectured and taught extensively on arts management and policy issues and has served on many boards of directors and funding and advisory panels for local, statewide and national organizations.