Living and working in Washington, D.C., the 2007 Pillar of Citizenship's office is at the Kennedy Center, where Katy George Cupples serves as Manager of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The DeVos Institute houses all of the arts management training programs created by Kennedy Center President, Michael M. Kaiser.
In this role, Katy oversees international and domestic Capacity Building, Non-Profit Board Seminars, Fellowships and Internships, and the Cultural Visitors and Fellows Mentoring Programs in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. These programs reach 66 countries on six continents.
Before coming to the Institute, she served three years in the development department for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Katy worked with the NSO Board of Directors; their advocacy group, the National Trustees; and oversaw the $1.3 million dollar sponsorship and related events for the NSO's 2009 Tour to Asia.
Prior to coming to the Kennedy Center, Katy worked at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center and spent time at The National Endowment for the Arts during her graduate studies in arts policy and cultural diplomacy at The University of Texas at Austin. During her time in Texas, Katy served on the Board of the Austin Symphony BATS, and helped found Catalyst 8, a young professional advocacy group for The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Growing up in Northside, she attended Northwest Crossing Elementary School, Stevenson Middle School, and O'Connor HIgh School where she played oboe and was a Captain in the Color Guard. Her parents are Sheron and David George of San Antonio. Katy is a summa cum laude graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA with a degree in Speech Communication.