Charles Mutscheller has nearly two decades of nonprofit communications experience—with an emphasis on content strategy and storytelling—and a deep commitment to enriching his hometown of Chicago. Previously, at the Terra Foundation for American Art, he managed a transatlantic team to devise and execute integrated strategies that activated audiences both near, through citywide K–12 education programs, and far, via art exhibitions and events across the globe.

Before joining the Terra Foundation, Charles served as Communications Director at Openlands, where he helped launch the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, a unique bluff-and-ravine ecosystem in northwestern Illinois that welcomes diverse populations throughout the region. Prior to that, he was the Director of Communications at After School Matters, ushering in a comprehensive new brand platform and cause-related marketing efforts to fortify and amplify the organization’s reputation as a national forerunner in out-of-school-time education opportunities for teens.

Charles has also worked as Director of Communications and Public Information Officer at the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Editor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an independent curator and art critic. He holds a BA in political science from Saint John’s University.