Michelle T. Boone
About the course
Michelle T. Boone is the Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer at Navy Pier, an independent nonprofit, world-class public space that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round; it is one of the Midwest top destinations and attracts over 9.5 million people annually. Michelle joined Navy Pier in 2016 in a newly created role as a part of the organization’s Centennial Vision Plan. She designs, develops, curates and oversees the Pier’s arts and culture public programs, festivals and specials events.
Previously, in 2011 Michelle was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). During her tenure, she led a team of more than 80 full-time employees to produce and present more than 2,000 programs, festivals and special events annually; supervised the management of the historic Chicago Cultural Center; led the process for a new Chicago Cultural Plan, released in 2012; and launched the first Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015. Prior to that, Michelle was a senior program officer at the Joyce Foundation (2004–2011) overseeing the culture portfolio and distributing more than $2 million annually in grants supporting nonprofit arts organizations in six major Midwest cities.