Kerry Swanson is a seasoned arts administrator and activator who has been dedicated to creating opportunities for Indigenous artists for over fifteen years. She is Associate Director of the Indigenous Screen Office, and outgoing Board Chair of imagineNATIVE, where she was previously Executive Director.  She is a co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) at Harbourfront Centre.  Kerry was Associate Director of Granting at the Ontario Arts Council, where she led the creation of the Indigenous Culture Fund, a $5 million annual program. She also designed a number of innovative arts funding programs at the Toronto Arts Council, including the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab at the Banff Centre and the Open Door Fund.  She has a Masters in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University.  Kerry was born and raised in northern Ontario and is a member of Michipicoten First Nation, with familial ties to Chapleau Cree First Nation, and has Irish and French ancestry.