Michael Norris joined the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance as Vice President of External Relations in 2012, and became the Chief Strategy Officer in 2017. He directs the Alliance’s policy, community engagement and development initiatives.
Previously, Michael served as Executive Director of Art-Reach, where he worked to expand cultural access for people of all ages and circumstances. During his last year at Art-Reach, the organization enabled 15,000 Philadelphia-area residents with disabilities and economic disadvantages to enjoy a cultural experience. Prior to leading Art-Reach, Michael spent nine years at the Arden Theatre Company, serving first as Development Director, and then as Director of External Relations, overseeing the company’s fundraising, marketing, public relations and community activities.
A native of Chester County, PA, Michael graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in journalism. He holds a certificate in fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania, and participated in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University Business School. He was selected in 2011 by Leadership Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia’s Creative Connectors.