Michelle T. Boone is the Chief Program & Civic Engagement Officer at Navy Pier, an historic Chicago landmark and leading cultural destination. Michelle designs, curates, and presents arts and culture public programs, festivals and specials events. She also oversees PR/Communications, responsible for marketing, promotions and branding. Previously, Michelle served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, producing and presenting more than 2,000 public programs, large-scale festivals and special events annually. She also led the process for a new Chicago Cultural Plan (2012) and launched the first Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015). Prior to that, Michelle was a senior program officer at the Joyce Foundation managing the arts and culture portfolio.