Head shot of Eric Anyah
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Chief Financial Officer, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Eric O. Anyah is chief financial officer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). He oversees the MFAH’s financial operations including its endowment, operating and capital budgets, accounting and financial controls. He also oversees various earned income areas including membership and guest services, retail and special events.

Anyah came to the MFAH from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was most recently executive vice president and CFO. He directed the strategic financial planning for the Art Institute’s museum and school, including oversight of $900 million in endowment and pension funds. He also oversaw the financial management of the Art Institute’s $400 million capital campaign.

Born in Nigeria, Anyah came to the United States to study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a bachelor of arts in art history and architecture, and a master of science in accounting. He joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 as vice president of Budget, Financial and Strategic Planning, following positions in finance and budget with, among other organizations, the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the University of Chicago and the U.S. offices of software-solutions company Pindar Systems. While at the Art Institute, he led the development of institute-wide capital and operating budgets, as well as accounting and control systems, treasury functions, risk management and compliance, and strategic sourcing.

Anyah has served on the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's advisory board since 2016.