President and CEO
Gary Steuer joined the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as President and CEO in 2013. Since then, he’s empowered the foundations’ signature programs and initiatives to ensure they are advancing innovation, excellence, community, equity and quality of life. Mr. Steuer has over thirty years of experience in the arts, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He previously headed the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, where he served as Chief Cultural Officer, advising the Mayor on cultural and creative economy issues. His accomplishments included creating the City’s first arts and creative industry-targeted Community Development Block Grant capital funding initiative, completing the first study of Philadelphia’s Creative Vitality, and initiating Culture Blocks, a new arts and creative economy data mapping project. He also oversaw the City’s public art program, which is the oldest and one of the most extensive in the nation. Mr. Steuer also served as the Vice President for Private-Sector Affairs and Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council at Americans for the Arts. He served for ten years as the President/CEO of the Arts & Business Council Inc. prior to its merger with Americans for the Arts. He has written, lectured and taught extensively on arts management, philanthropy and policy issues and has served on many boards of directors and funding and advisory panels for local, statewide and national organizations.