PRESIDENT AND CEO
Keira Amstutz took the helm of Indiana Humanities as president and CEO in April 2008. A lawyer with experience in public policy and economic and cultural development, Keira is passionate about providing Hoosiers with creative humanities programming that encourages them to think, read, talk and connect. Prior to joining Indiana Humanities, Keira served as chief counsel and director of policy for the City of Indianapolis. She led the city’s successful Cultural Development Initiative, a public-private collaboration launched to elevate the city’s cultural profile.
Keira serves on numerous community organizations, including the Economic Club of Indiana board, Visit Indy’s Tourism Tomorrow Indy board, the Indiana Region American Red Cross board, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Foundation board, the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis editorial board, the Ivy Tech Community College Hospitality Administration advisory council, the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series advisory committee, the Indiana Chamber’s Vision 2025+ task force and the Indiana State Fair’s Committee for Agricultural Science and Heritage.
Keira is a former board member of Downtown Indy, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art advisory board and a founding member of the IndyHub board. She has previously served on strategic committees for many community organizations and events, including the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl host committee, 2015 Regional Cities advisory committee and 2019–2021 Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, as well as a variety of committees for Indiana Sports Corp, including several Final Fours and the NBA All-Star Game.
A native of Hamilton, Ind., Keira graduated from DePauw University with a degree in political science and served as a fellow in the office of former Indiana governor Evan Bayh. She earned a J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and graduated from the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series. In 2006 the Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of Indianapolis’s “40 under 40” and in 2012 it recognized her as a “Woman of Influence.” In 2015 the Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded Keira with a Creative Renewal Fellowship.
Keira is married to Shawn Mulholland and has two daughters, Chase and Elise.