Helen Howarth, Arts and Culture program officer for the Rasmuson Foundation is a life-long Alaskan. She has extensive background in the arts both as an administrator and performing cellist. She joined the Foundation in 2001 and serves on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in the Arts, a national membership organization. Her prior experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Executive Director of both the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Sitka Summer Music Festival. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from Washington State University and a Masters in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati.