53. Virginia Hepner

Virginia Hepner
Illustration by Alex Fine

Focus Arts, Nonprofit
Age 58
The president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, along with an 18-member governing board, oversees facilities and budgets for the city’s three top-tier arts organizations: the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The center is so adept at fundraising—it launched a $100 million campaign in April and already is more than halfway to its goal—that some critics believe smaller arts groups have difficulty competing for donations.

Bittersweet symphony Rebounding from its second ASO musician lockout in two years, the arts center received a $38 million grant from the Woodruff Foundation, the largest in the center’s history.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.