In August, 2019 John McInerney was appointed as the Interim Daniel W. Dietrich II Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He also concurrently serves as the inaugural Executive Director of The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, having launched the University wide initiative in 2017.
At The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation—founded with a $15 million gift from Penn alumni Keith and Katherine Sachs, the largest gift ever made across the arts at Penn – McInerney aims to visibly energize the arts and arts innovation at Penn. It its first two years The Sachs Program has distributed dozens of grants to notable art projects and activities across campus, providing support for ambitious and innovative arts practice including student-driven projects, visiting artists, new galleries, performances and classes. The Sachs Program also provides strategic leadership, communications and other resources for the arts community at Penn, including a comprehensive website for the arts, www.sachsarts.org.
Prior to The Sachs Program, John was the Vice President of Research & Communications at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where he worked closely with arts organizations in every discipline, as well as the City of Philadelphia and arts alliances across the country, publishing multiple research reports on the state of the arts in the Philadelphia region and nationally. Before the Cultural Alliance, McInerney was Director of Marketing at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Provosts Arts Advisory Council at the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of the board of the Eastern State Penitentiary historic site, and serves on the advisory committee for community grantmaking at Citizens Bank Philadelphia.