Louisa McCune-Elmore, Kirkpatrick Foundation

TITLE:  Executive Director  

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, culture, education, animal concerns, environment and preservation.

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PROFILE: Louisa McCune-Elmore is the executive director for the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Louisa McCune is the executive director and ex-officio trustee for the Kirkpatrick Foundation. She is a board member of Philanthropy Southwest and serves as an advisory trustee to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. She is also editor of ArtDesk magazine, a member of the Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare, and a member of Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Club 29.

McCune is a past member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has served on the boards of City Arts Center, the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Wilson Arts, Inc. She is a former committee member for the Thatcher Hoffman Smith prize and judge for the National Magazine Awards.

From 1997 to 2011, she served as editor in chief of Oklahoma Today. Before returning to Oklahoma, she was a contributing editor for The American Benefactor and also worked at Worth, George, Harper’s Magazine, Mirabella, and New York. In 1996, she was assistant editor on Fools for Scandal by Gene Lyons, published by Harper’s. A former contributing editor to Green: The Magazine for Personal Finance, her articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, Worth, OKC Business, and World Literature Today. She is a former columnist for the Journal Record newspaper.

Under her guidance, Oklahoma Today won more than 250 national and state awards, including three SPJ Best Magazine awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the International Regional Magazine Association. In 2003, McCune received the Bill Thurman Memorial Media in the Arts Award at the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award. In 1999, she was named one of “Thirty Under 30” by the Magazine Publishers of America and Folio; in 2002, one of “Forty Under 40” Oklahoma City leaders by OKC Business; and in 2007, an Achiever Under 40 by The Journal Record.

An Enid, Oklahoma, native, McCune graduated with a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1992. After college, she worked for Evergreen Helicopters in West Africa on a project to eradicate river blindness and then at the Enid News & Eagle as a general assignment feature writer. She received her pilot’s license in 1993. In 2005, McCune founded the Sallie McFarland Rucks Reader Series at Wilson Elementary in Oklahoma City. Louisa has three sons, McCune, Rucks, and Edward.

Louisa shares the following information on her LinkedIn summary:

Kirkpatrick Foundation—started in 1955 by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick and celebrating its 60th anniversary this year—makes grants in the areas of arts, culture, education, animal wellbeing, environmental conservation, and historic preservation. After spending most of my career as a magazine editor, I switched careers to philanthropy in April 2011 when I became executive director of the foundation. 

In July 2012, we debuted Safe & Humane, a twenty-year animal well-being initiative to make Oklahoma the safest and most humane place to be an animal by the year 2032. Among our many projects in this field, we are hosting the ANIMAL Conference at the Skirvin-Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City on March 30 & 31, 2015. #animal2015 (www.theanimalconference.com)

In October 2013, we launched the contemporary arts magazine, ArtDesk (www.artdeskmagazine.com). The magazine supports the creative efforts of Oklahoma Contemporary, Marfa Contemporary, and Green Box Arts, and is sold at more than 900 newsstands across North America and in twenty-five foreign countries. 

I currently serve on the board of Philanthropy Southwest and as an advisory trustee for the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Another effort I’m excited about is the Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare (www.oklahomaanimals.org), a poly-partisan leadership forum that brings together chief executives from the frontlines of animal welfare in our state. The newly formed Oklahoma Link Coalition is another animal-related group we're involved with that has great momentum. (http://nationallinkcoalition.org/)

Most importantly, I have three young sons. We like painting, drawing, Legos, video games, skateboards, scooters, holidays, old dogs, and kittens.