Kathy Mouacheupao to be MRAC Executive Director

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is pleased to announce Kathy Mouacheupao as its next executive director; she will start in her new role at the organization on June 4, 2018.

Kathy’s hire comes after an extensive search which attracted applicants from around the country. The MRAC Board of Directors is pleased to have found its next leader in someone who has experience with the organization and is well connected to the MRAC community. In addition to deep community engagement and a career in leadership, Kathy has been an MRAC applicant, panelist, and board member and comes to the role ready to maintain the work of the organization as well as addressing the future aspirations and efforts to expand the community impact of MRAC.

Julie Andersen, MRAC Board Chair, shares: “Kathy brings an excitement and vision for the grantmaking and programmatic impact of MRAC and will lead the staff and board as the organization works on achieving equity in its systems and assuring community reach. We are honored to have Kathy join us in the role of executive director.”

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s executive director,” said Kathy Mouacheupao. “I look forward to working with the board of directors, my colleagues, and members of the community to improve and expand access to the arts for everyone in our Twin Cities metro area.”

Most recently Kathy served as Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) and before that she served as the executive director of the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT). She was a 2016 Roy Wilkins Fellow and a 2011 Bush Leadership Fellow. Currently, she serves on the board of the Hmong Museum, is a co-chair for the Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy MN Chapter, and is a member of the Saint Paul Planning Commission and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).


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