John Easley


Deputy Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer

John Easley joined the CMA in February 2017. Immediately prior to his arrival, Easley served as vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He also acted as its co-president and chief executive officer during an executive transition period.

With more than 40 years of experience in the cultural arts sector, Easley has managed a variety of marketing, communications and fundraising programs in leadership positions: vice president of development and external affairs, Saint Louis Art Museum; director of external affairs, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and director of development and external affairs, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Having held senior management roles at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Easley also served as president of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in Santa Fe and as national president of the Art Museum Development Association.

Easley holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.