Christine Amer Mayer
President /

Christine Amer Mayer was named president of GAR Foundation in 2012. An Akron native, she practiced commercial litigation and business law for eight years with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs before joining the foundation in 2001 as program officer. Over the years, Christine has held a number of roles at GAR, shaping the foundation’s strategic framework, redefining its relationships with grantees and stakeholders, and advancing its role in regional and local economic competitiveness work.

Beyond her role at GAR, Christine serves as a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  She is the board chair of the United Way of Summit County, where she is involved in that organization’s wholesale transformation to a community impact model. In recent years, she has focused considerable efforts on Summit County’s arts and cultural assets, helping to lead the Summit County Arts and Culture Landscape Assessment, a county-wide study of the arts and culture landscape. That work led to the creation of ArtsNow, a sector-strengthening organization for which she serves as vice chair.

Inside Business has named Christine as one the most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio four times. She also received the Summit County Historical Society’s Woman of the Year award for her innovative efforts to bring stakeholders together to strengthen the arts and culture sector.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in English with honors from Duke University and a law degree with honors from The Ohio State University. Christine lives in Solon with her three amazing children, the spirited family pet (a golden retriever), and a reasonably productive vegetable garden.