Jennifer Ransom Rice Steps Up as Executive Director
As executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust, Rice will continue to work to advocate for the arts in Texas, focusing on economic development and arts education, and bringing awareness of the arts to policy makers and elected officials. She will continue her involvement with the well-known biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, as well as the other diverse programs of the Trust.
“Jennifer has been an invaluable resource to the Trust since joining the organization almost four years ago,” said Karen Oswalt, Chair of the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors. “Her leadership and commitment to the Trust has raised the standard in stakeholder cultivation in the organization and we are thrilled to have her take the helm with this new challenge.”
Rice brings to the role decades of leadership in both her professional career and in her community involvement. Having served as chief of staff to State Senator Florence Shapiro and communications director for the State Comptroller, Rice brings a network of contacts and legislative knowledge that serves the Trust’s mission well. Further, she has taken the lead in many volunteer positions for numerous community organizations and efforts, particularly the arts, through her involvement with Art Alliance Austin, Texas Performing Arts, Zach Theatre, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.