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.

Christine serves as a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  She is vice chair of the board 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 three times. She also received the Women’s History Project of the Akron Area’s Woman of the Year award for her innovative efforts to bring together hundreds of people from the arts, business, government, and nonprofit sectors to strengthen the arts landscape in Akron.

Christine received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a law degree from The Ohio State University. She lives in Solon with her three children and their spirited golden retriever. When she’s not at work, she enjoys hiking, gardening, bird-watching, reading, and cheering on her children in their pursuits.