Annual list recognizes Louisville’s top young professionals
Alison Huff, Managing Director at Walden Theatre, has been recognized by the publication Business First for its 2014 list of Louisville’s 40 Under 40. The list, selected from this year’s pool of nearly 500 nominees by a four judge panel, is an annual recognition of the city’s top young professional talent across a variety of fields.
In her five years as Managing Director of Walden Theatre, Huff has improved annual revenue by 48% and increased net assets 2.5 times, creating stability and establishing a cash reserve. In addition to her regular duties of strategic planning, fundraising, and oversight, Alison serves as Producer for the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, a community-wide venture founded and managed by Walden Theatre, and she has bridged numerous community partnerships on Walden Theatre’s behalf (Blue Apple Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers, and others).
“Alison’s commitment to youth arts education is recognized and appreciated by all of us involved in the Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players merger process,” said Michele Koch, President of Walden Theatre’s Board of Directors. “It’s so exciting to see her ongoing dedication to collaboration and high-quality innovation acknowledged — alongside other top young professionals — by our community.”
In April of this year, Huff made news as the first recipient of the Allan Cowen Innovation Fund for Advancement of the Arts Grant by Louisville’s Fund for the Arts. The award provides up to $10,000 to pursue professional development, which she’s putting toward a Harvard University Business School executive education program on strategic nonprofit management that she’ll attend in July.
Huff is very active in Louisville’s arts education community. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Arts & Cultural Attractions Council where she also co-chairs the Education Committee and is leading an effort to survey the education programs of ACA’s 106 member groups to create common language and understanding, share collective impact, and identify gaps in service. In addition, she is a member of Greater Louisville Inc.’s Education Advisory Committee and is a member of LVAA’s Education Committee.
“I love having this opportunity to highlight some of the great education work happening at Walden Theatre right now,” said Huff. “It’s a big honor to be included on this year’s list, but the daily successes of the kids we serve will always be my biggest reward.”