Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) has selected Julie Goodman as President and CEO, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on March 4, 2019.
An Indianapolis native dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and equity, Ms. Goodman has more than two decades of arts management, nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate experience. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for Strada Education Network in Indianapolis. In this role, she established the organization’s marketing and communications function, developed the brand and digital strategy, and oversaw the staffing structure and annual budget. She also led development, fundraising, and marketing/communications efforts as the Vice President, Advancement for ArtWorks Cincinnati and served as Vice President, Global Communications & Development at OneSight. Ms. Goodman has held additional leadership positions at Luxottica, Maslov Goodman Communications, Cincinnati Opera, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., and Dan Pinger Public Relations.
An active member of her community, Ms. Goodman has held board and committee leadership positions with Second Sunday on Main, Madcap Puppets, Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, MUSE, ArtWorks’ Big Pig Gig, Women Helping Women, Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Project, and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a 2005 recipient of Cincinnati Business Courier‘s “40 under 40” distinction. Ms. Goodman holds a bachelor of arts in communication from Miami University.
In making the announcement, ACI Board Chair Ted Givens said, “The Board of Directors looks forward to working with Julie as we begin this new chapter for ACI. Her expertise in communications, marketing and fundraising is crucial to promoting our deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity as we pursue our mission of nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. We are excited to introduce Julie to all of our community partners in the coming weeks.”
“I am honored to join ACI’s dedicated team of trustees, staff, and partners,” Ms. Goodman said. “Their collective commitment to ensuring that Indianapolis has a cultural community where artists and arts organizations thrive is critical to our region’s current and continued success. ACI has an impressive history of innovation and results, a strong operating model and strategic plan, a talented team, and a desire to continue to grow its mission impact. I’m excited to have the opportunity to help advance ACI’s cause in service to my hometown city and arts community that influenced and shaped my life in such profound ways.”
“It was a great pleasure working with the search committee, led by chair Greg Wallis, at the Arts Council of Indianapolis,” said ACG Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite.Â “ACG would like to congratulate Julie Goodman on her appointment as President and CEO. In this key role, we are confident that her expertise and commitment to the transformative power of the arts will be a valuable asset to both Indianapolis and ACI.”