Charter Committee

John McCarter is Chair of the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution. He is President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, where he served as President and CEO for sixteen years.
Board Member: Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago Humanities Festival, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Marine Biological Laboratory, National Recreation Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (USA), Prize to End Blindness by 2020.
Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago; former Trustee of Princeton University; Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of Chicago’s Public Television Station, WTTW. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A native Chicagoan, he was formerly: Senior Vice President of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., President of DeKalb Corporation, Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie, White House Fellow during the Administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. McCarter received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, attended the London School of Economics and graduated from Princeton University in 1960.
Eleanore is a doctoral student in art and architectural history in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She studies eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art under the direction of Professor Douglas Fordham. The focus of her research is the visual and material culture of exploration, particularly in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the wider British Atlantic.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in the history of art and Hispanic studies from Vassar College, Eleanore pursued a Master of Arts at the Courtauld Institute of Art focused on British and French drawings of the long eighteenth century. In her thesis, she examined the drawings and related prints published in two illustrated travel accounts of Brazil and Chile (1825) by travel writer and amateur artist Maria Graham. Arguing for the centrality of Graham’s artistic practice to her authorship of both South American journals, Eleanore examined Graham’s intimate involvement in the production and reproduction of the printed illustrations.

She has worked at a variety of institutions, including the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Most recently, Eleanore was the Suzanne Andrée Curatorial Fellow in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she curated the exhibition Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the U.S., 1940-1960. At the University of Virginia, she has served as a teaching assistant for courses including “Art since 1945” and “Art and Money.”

Kathleen Heins, director of philanthropy, directs ACLS’s efforts to build its support from individuals and family foundations.  She has led development efforts at national and international nonprofits for more than fifteen years.  Most recently she served as Director of Individual Giving at Rainforest Alliance and in two roles at New York University, first at the Institute of Fine Arts and subsequently at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  In these positions, she built highly successful major gift initiatives while overseeing other fundraising programs, including annual fund, board relations, and capital campaign planning. Heins has also held positions in the performing arts, at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Theatre for A New Audience, and has been a grantmaker at the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which supports libraries, the humanities, and Venetian studies.