Settlement CEO Helen Eaton

Chief Executive Officer

Helen Eaton was named one of the Top 30 Innovators in 2016 by Musical America Worldwide, and was recently featured in the CEO interview chapter of Dual Transformation published by Harvard Business Review Press for her work in building systems of innovation at a legacy institution.  Since her arrival, Settlement has increased its financial aid to students—more than $2.6 million each year; launched a comprehensive community engagement effort that has resulted in dozens of partnerships across the city; and initiated significant new programming, receiving major local and national funding.  Settlement is honored to partner with nine music organizations in a city-wide collective impact initiative called the PMAY Artists’ Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support students from underrepresented communities in becoming professional classical musicians.  In 2018 Settlement was named one of the top 10 music charities in the country working to preserve and expand music education and access to the musical arts by Charity Navigator blog.

Prior to joining Settlement, Helen was President of Chicago Children’s Choir and the Dean of Programs at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.   She holds a degree in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with William Lincer, and a Master of Arts in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in French.  Helen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.


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