Featuring | NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Karl Kellner

Featuring | NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Karl Kellner

Kellner will be inducted into NYFA’s Hall of Fame on April 11, 2019 alongside Sanford Biggers and Min Jin Lee.

We are a month out from The New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) 2019 Hall of Fame Benefit, which annually honors NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows in the visual, literary, and performing arts who have had a profound impact on the arts through their creative work and patrons of the arts who have championed the value of the arts in the world around us. We’re pleased to induct Karl Kellner, Sanford Biggers, and Min Jin Lee into our Hall of Fame on April 11, 2019.

Today, we’re focusing on Patron of the Arts Karl Kellner, former NYFA Board Member and Senior Partner, New York Office Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in health care management, with a focus on strategy development and performance improvement. 

In addition to his work at McKinsey, Kellner is active in the New York City community. He was a committed member of NYFA’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2018, where he held roles including Treasurer and Strategic Planning Committee Chair. During his tenure, he generously donated his time to advise NYFA Board and Staff in shaping NYFA’s programmatic and operational strategies. He also secured countless hours of professional services from the consulting firms he worked for to help NYFA better support working artists and emerging organizations across all disciplines. In addition to serving on NYFA’s Board, he was a multi-year member of the Clinton Global Initiative and led an eight-year partnership with former President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation to create economic opportunity and assist small businesses in Harlem and several other urban areas across the U.S. He has also been involved with New York Cares since the 1990’s. 

Kellner holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree from Oberlin College. He lives in New York City with his wife, Suzannah, who works in the arts, and two children, Cassandra and Marshall.

All tickets to NYFA’s 2019 Hall of Fame Benefit come with a limited-edition signed print by Sanford Biggers. Learn more about NYFA’s Hall of Benefit here. Sign up for NYFA’s bi-weekly newsletter, NYFA News, to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.

Image: Karl Kellner, Courtesy: McKinsey & Company, Inc

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