Kelly Gauthier is driven to elevate innovative organizations advancing the arts and culture, education, science, history, civil discourse, health and wellness, mental health, environmental protection and preservation, and child and animal welfare. A Wisconsin native, Kelly is particularly passionate about advancing the capacities of the cultural and creative communities within the State.
In her current role as the Strategic Planning Project Manager at the Milwaukee Public Museum, the sixth most utilized museum per capita and one of the oldest Natural History Museums in the US, Kelly is responsible for leading the long-term vision and strategic planning for the institution. Working closely with the Museum’s Board of Directors, CEO and executive team, she credits her ability to pivot from financial and data analysis to public positioning and messaging to the MBA program at the University of Wisconsin’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration.
With eleven years of experience in strategic planning, culture building, project management, development, marketing, communications, evaluation, and strengths-based leadership, Kelly has worked for nonprofit and governmental organizations including the Chicago Humanities Festival, Dane County Cultural Arts Commission, University of Wisconsin-Madison Theatre, and Next Act Theatre.
Kelly currently serves on the Advisory Board at her alma mater, the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, and resides in Milwaukee with her husband Blake, three-year-old daughter Molly, two rescue dogs and a recovering street cat.