Megan Beyer Appointed as the New Executive Director by the White HouseMegan Beyer Appointed as the New Executive Director by the White House

President Barack Obama has appointed Megan Beyer to serve as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). Beyer is a distinguished communications professional with experience in education policy, arts advocacy and early childhood literacy. The President’s Committee crafts cultural policy recommendations, sparks innovative programs with proven results including Turnaround Arts and forges powerful partnerships in support of arts and humanities initiatives.

“We are delighted that the President has named Megan Beyer to be our Executive Director,” said George Stevens, Jr., co-chair of the President’s Committee. “The administration believes the arts and humanities are at the core of a vital society and Megan brings new energy to our programs, especially to furthering our Turnaround Arts program that is helping to turn around the lives of young people in our most challenged schools." 

Margo Lion, co-chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities said, “This Committee has deployed powerful efforts to ensure that the arts and humanities contribute to the vibrancy of our society and the education of our children. With her experience in public education, communications, public policy and cultural diplomacy, Megan Beyer is uniquely suited to lead our efforts.” Stevens’ and Lion’s sentiments are shared by PCAH’s Vice-Chair Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, who is president of Spelman College.

Beyer is a regular panelist on the national PBS program To The Contrary and speaks at national and international conferences on leadership. From 2009-2013 Beyer chaired a bilateral women leaders project, Sister Republics, with the US Embassy in Switzerland exploring private sector drivers for gender equality in the workplace.  For the past two years she has represented the first global gender equality certification, EDGE Certification.

 “In this particular moment in time, with all the struggles we face, the arts and humanities give us context, perspective and assurance about our abilities to meet challenges,” Beyer said. “This Committee has chosen to work in the nation’s most impoverished communities, reaching out to our youngest citizens to bring healing and hope to those who need it most. I am honored to join this important work.”

Beyer’s experience and leadership will help PCAH carry out its current signature programs--National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, National Student Poets Program and Turnaround Arts--by drawing on PCAH’s vital partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the private sector.