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Emily Anderson

Chief Administrative Officer

Pronouns: she/her


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Photo Credit: Aria Rose Photography

Emily Anderson (she/her) has been working at Arts Midwest since 2012 and is the Chief Administrative Officer. Before working in operations, she worked across programs at Arts Midwest. She started her nonprofit career at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and then found her way into the arts by working for a quilt festival and the Weavers Guild of Minnesota

At Arts Midwest, Emily spends her days nurturing a supportive organizational culture while navigating the day-to-day implementation of Arts Midwest’s operations strategy. She leads the operations team and oversees human resources, IT, and facilities.

She is particularly passionate about equity in the work environment and pay structure, and she works with the leadership team to develop policies, create systems, and test new ideas toward those goals. A recent example of this is implementing a four-day work week. She loves that her role connects her with every other team in the organization and that there is an opportunity to apply her broad range of skills, including facilitation, coaching, and creative problem-solving. 

A few of Arts Midwest resources Emily loves to share include

A little more about Emily:

Emily is excited about Arts Midwest’s commitment to work/life harmony and the opportunity to share more about how Arts Midwest implemented a four-day-workweek to give time back to staff for restoration and creative pursuits.

When Emily isn’t working, she can be found chasing weeds and rabbits out of her garden, cooking up a storm, visiting with friends and family, and making art. She lives with her wife and cat in Northeast Minneapolis, and she feels lucky to get to walk along the incredible and mighty Mississippi River nearly every day.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn.