Arts and humanities advisor Sondra Gelb Myers graduated from Connecticut College with an undergraduate degree in philosophy in 1955 and undertook graduate studies at New York University, the New School for Social Research, and Oxford University. Before her appointment to the Commission of Fine Arts in 1980, she served as chairman of the Commission on Architecture and Urban Design for the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She was a cultural advisor to the governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1993, worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1993 to 1995, and was a senior advisor to the president of Connecticut College until 2000. She joined the University of Maryland Democracy Collaborative as a senior associate in 2001, leaving in 2006 to become a senior fellow at the University of Scranton’s Schemel Forum, where she serves as director. Myers has written extensively on the issues of democracy and interdependence. She has served as chair and president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and has been affiliated with numerous other arts and humanities organizations. She was a Rapoport Democracy Fellow from 2000 to 2001 at Rutgers University and has been awarded several honorary degrees.