Kim Coventry

Kim Coventry is the founder and president of The Coventry Group, LLC, in which capacity she was a trusted advisor to individuals, civic and corporate leaders, philanthropists, foundations and family offices, and nonprofits for more than 35 years. During her career, Kim  managed over 200 special projects, organized over 75 exhibitions, and produced more than 150 publications.

A native of Carmel, California, Kim began her professional career at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art. From there she went to the University of Chicago, where she served as museum administrator/assistant curator at the Oriental Institute Museum and, later, as coordinator of exhibitions and conservation in the Joseph Regenstein Library's Department of Special Collections (rare books and manuscripts). Kim's training includes internships at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Toledo Museum of Art. She holds a BA in art history from the University of Redlands and an MA in art history/museum studies from the University of Southern California.

Advisor To Corporate Clients

Kim's corporate clients included the CEOs of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, BDT & Company, and Ball Horticultural Company; the former CEOs of MB Financial Bank, Sara Lee Corporation, and Quaker Oats; the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Kennedy administration); and the families of the founders of Northern Trust and Henry Crown and Company.

Advisor To Nonprofit Clients

Kim's nonprofit clients included many family offices and the Architects Research Foundation, Ball Horticultural Company, Crab Tree Farm Foundation, McCormick Tribune Foundation, Museum of Science and Industry, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Stratford Hall, Terra Foundation for American Art, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest–Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest Garden Club, Women's Athletic Club of Chicago, and University of Redlands.

Long-Term Advisory Relationships

Between 1992 and 2013, Kim established many long-term advisory relationships. For 15 years, for example, she served in various capacities for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company on a contract basis, including consulting curator of art, archive, and library collections. She oversaw research, exhibitions, loans, conservation, and collection management. After the company underwent a merger, she negotiated the sale of its art collection and the gift of its extensive archives to the University of Chicago.

For 16 years, Kim worked closely with the late John H. Bryan and his Crab Tree Farm Foundation on the development and publication of a dozen books, including those on the bookplates of C.F.A. Voysey, Arts and Crafts rugs, early British seating furniture, and early English glassware, as well as a family history.


  • Biographies, memoirs, and family histories
  • Corporate and institutional histories
  • Executive speeches and presentations
  • Oral histories


Kim is no longer in publishing but is happy to refer you to one of her hand-selected managing editors to assist you with your project.


Kim is a published author, experienced speechwriter, and editor. Her books include Monterey Peninsula: The Golden Age (2002), Printing for the Modern Age: Commerce, Craft, and Culture in the R.R. Donnelley Archive (2006), The History of Crab Tree Farm (2012), and From Cairo to Chicago: The Courtship and Marriage of Emily Birnie Smith and Harold Cornelius Smith (2014). She coauthored Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest: Architecture and Landscape Design, 1856–1940 (2003) and Walter Frazier: Frazier Raftery Orr & Fairbank Architects: Houses of Chicago's North Shore, 1924–1970 (2008).



Kim Coventry

Kim is no longer in publishing but is happy to refer you to one of her hand-picked managing editors to complete your project.

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