Anne C. Ewers 2022
DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
In July 2007 Anne Ewers assumed the role of President & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. During her inaugural year, Ms. Ewers retired the Company’s $30 million construction debt, raised the endowment from $40 million to $72 million and garnered $10 million to establish a biennial city-wide festival, PIFA. Over the next 14 years, she led the growth of the Center to become the second largest performing arts center in the country, second only to Lincoln Center. With the onslaught of COVID, Ms. Ewers chose to make transformational change, instigating and championing the merger of the Kimmel with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Unanimously approved by both Boards at the end of 2021, the merger marks the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the industry. Ms. Ewers retired upon the completion of the merger deal and now serves as a member of the Board.