Christine Amer Mayer
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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 in its Columbus, Cleveland, and Akron offices. 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, where she has helped to transform the organization’s business model to a focus on four Bold Goals. She also serves as secretary of ArtsNow, a sector-strengthening organization that connects the arts to community in Summit County. Mayer is a member of the Akron Growth Council, providing input on economic development matters for Akron’s Mayor Dan Horrigan. 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 five 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, and several spirited pets. When she is not spending time with her family or exploring Akron, she can be found hiking, bird-watching, listening to podcasts, or digging away in her reasonably productive vegetable garden.