Michelle T. Boone

MPA’98, Nonprofit Management

IU Bloomington


Michelle Boone is the Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer at Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI), the nonprofit organization that oversees the Midwest's top leisure destination in Chicago, Illinois. She formerly was commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, Boone was named one of Chicago Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans.”

Prior to her position with the City of Chicago, Boone was senior program officer for the Joyce Foundation, a charitable organization operating in the broader Great Lakes region. She also served as director of Gallery 37, a Chicago-based jobs training program. Michelle also has worked in the television, film and recording industries, and been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Africa.

Michelle has served on the national boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and Americans for the Arts. She was appointed as a member of the board of directors of the Arts Alliance Illinois, the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the South Chicago Arts Center, and Neighbor Space. In addition, Michelle served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.

Boone holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and a MPA, in the field of nonprofit management, both from Indiana University.