Adrienne Arsht is a business leader and philanthropist. She has taken a leading role promoting artistic, business and civic growth in the three cities she calls home: Washington, D.C., New York and Miami. She is Founding Chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation. Her $30 million contribution to Miami’s Performing Arts Center in 2008 secured its financial footing. It was renamed the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in her honor. The Arsht Center transformed downtown Miami, making it a globally-recognized residential and cultural destination.
Over the years, Arsht has generously donated funds and resources to numerous organizations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Arsht number 39 on its 2008 America’s 50 biggest donors list.
In Washington, Arsht is Executive Vice Chair at the Atlantic Council where she created the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center to focus on South America’s role in the trans-Atlantic world. Arsht, a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, donated the funds to establish the Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund. She is on the Trustees Council of The National Gallery of Art, a Board Member of the Blair House Restoration Fund, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is President of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation.
In New York, she is a Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors where her generous contribution in support of the transformation of Lincoln Center’s facilities was recognized with the dedication of the Adrienne Arsht Stage in Alice Tully Hall in 2012. Arsht’s major gift in 2013 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art funded the first TEDxMet conference and she continues her support for future TEDxMet conferences.
In 2005, Arsht announced her gift to Goucher College, creating the Roxana Cannon Arsht Center for Ethics and Leadership, in honor of her mother, a Goucher graduate. In Miami, Arsht is Trustee Emerita of the University of Miami and her gifts have supported various programs including the university-wide Arsht Ethics Programs, the Mancini Orchestra at the music school and a lab at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. In 2008 she became the first, and still is, the only woman to join the Five Million Dollar Roundtable of United Way of Miami-Dade. She is an honorary board member of Amigos for Kids.
In her home state of Delaware, she oversees the Arsht-Cannon Fund which was created by her parents, the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht and S. Samuel Arsht. The Arsht-Cannon fund focuses on the Hispanic community in Delaware and gives almost $750,000 annually throughout the state. Arsht also funded the creation of the Best Buddies Delaware chapter in 2009 to specifically serve Hispanics and African-Americans with mental disabilities.
A 1966 graduate of Villanova Law School, Arsht began her Delaware law career with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnel. In 1969, she moved to New York City and joined the legal department of Trans World Airlines (TWA). Arsht moved to Washington, DC in 1979 where she worked with a law firm, then started her own title company before moving to Miami in 1996 to run her family-owned bank, TotalBank. From 1996 to 2007, Arsht served as Chairman of the Board of TotalBank. Under her leadership, TotalBank grew from four locations to 14 with over $1.4 billion in assets. In November 2007, she sold the bank to Banco Popular Español. Arsht was named Chairman Emerita of TotalBank.
She is the daughter of the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht, the first female judge in the State of Delaware, and Samuel Arsht, a prominent Wilmington attorney. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Arsht is a member of the Delaware Bar. She was married to the late Myer Feldman, former counsel to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.