Charles Mutscheller


Portrait of Charles Mutscheller Charles Mutscheller has more than two decades of social impact communications experience and a deep commitment to enriching his hometown of Chicago. Currently, as Chief Communications Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America, he has successfully articulated and amplified the organization’s commitment to reshaping how our country addresses child abuse and neglect prevention—shifting the narrative away from reactive, after-the-fact child welfare systems to a proactive, holistic model that supports child and family well-being. Previously, at the Terra Foundation for American Art, he managed a transatlantic team to devise and execute integrated strategies that activated audiences both near, through citywide K–12 education programs, and far, via art exhibitions and events across the globe. 

Before joining the Terra Foundation, Mutscheller served as communications director at Openlands, where he helped launch the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, a unique bluff-and-ravine ecosystem in northwestern Illinois that welcomes diverse populations throughout the region. Prior to that, he was the director of communications at After School Matters, ushering in a comprehensive new brand platform and cause-related marketing efforts to fortify and amplify the organization’s reputation as a national forerunner in out-of-school-time education opportunities for teens.  

Mutscheller has also worked as director of communications and public information officer at the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, editor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an independent curator and art critic. He holds a BA in political science from Saint John’s University.