Christine Amer Mayer
President /

Christine Amer Mayer is president of GAR Foundation. Mayer guides the foundation’s strategic direction and annual grantmaking which focuses heavily on education and economic development.

An Akron native, Mayer practiced commercial litigation and business law for eight years with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.  She joined GAR Foundation in 2001 as a program officer. She was named president of the foundation in 2012.

Mayer presently chairs the United Way of Summit County, and she serves as vice chair of ArtsNow, a sector-strengthening organization focused on arts and culture in Summit County. On a national level, Mayer is proud to serve as a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Mayer has been named to the Inside Business Power 100 list of Most Influential Leaders four times and she has received the Women’s History Project of the Akron Area’s Woman of the Year award for her innovative efforts to strengthen the arts landscape in Akron.

Mayer received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a law degree from The Ohio State University. Her happily chaotic household includes her daughters Julia and Elizabeth, her son Jimmy, their spirited golden retriever Leo, and their street-smart tiger cat Finian. When she is not spending time with her family or exploring Akron, Christine can be found digging away in her reasonably productive vegetable garden.