Program Director for the Arts
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Maurine Knighton is the Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She is responsible for developing and overseeing grantmaking programs that support contemporary dance, theater, and jazz. Prior to DDCF, Knighton was the Senior Vice President for Grantmaking at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She has also served as Senior Vice President for Program and Nonprofit Investment at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. She is a former board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, where she chaired its Racial Equity Committee. Knighton currently serves on the board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, chairing its Cultural Investment Fund Committee.