Kathryn Reasoner is a widely respected arts advocate, educator, and administrator, with more than 25 years of executive experience with arts and cultural organizations. She began her consulting business in 2015, offering strategic guidance for organizational development, management, and support for institutions navigating challenge and change. Recent projects have involved organizational planning and assessment, leadership transition, and new philanthropic ventures for artists and patrons.
From 2005-2015 Reasoner served as Executive Director of di Rosa and its parent foundation in Napa, guiding the development of a contemporary art museum and sculpture park, while managing the 200-acre property, buildings, art collection, and endowment. During the prior decade, she led Headlands Center for the Arts, an international artists’ residency program located in 10 historic structures in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. During her tenure, HCA expanded grant awards and residencies for artists internationally– through collaborations with agencies in the US, Europe and Asia. She also successfully mounted a capital campaign for an award-winning adaptation of a historic building for 20 new artist studios. These and other initiatives resulted in her appointment as one of the first US representatives to the international governing body of Res Artis. She was elected for two full terms on the board of its US counterpart, the Alliance of Artist Communities.
Reasoner has also held executive positions with the San Francisco Art Institute and the Richmond Art Center, and managed the City and County of San Francisco’s first cultural planning process. She is the recipient of awards from the cities of San Francisco and Richmond, the National Park Service, and for Lifetime Professional Achievement from ArtTable, a national organization of women executives in the visual arts.
In addition to actively serving as a speaker, board member, juror, and grant panelist, Reasoner has traveled widely while working and writing on cultural policy and issues affecting artists. She continues to teach arts entrepreneurship and related topics for artists and administrators, through affiliation with colleges and universities in California and Japan. She received her M.A. in Arts Administration from the Graduate School of Management at Golden Gate University and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz.