THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KAREN T. SCATES TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS OF THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The President today announced his intent to appoint Karen T. Scates to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Karen T. Scates of Phoenix, Arizona, is currently Director of Community and Public Affairs at the American Express Company in Phoenix, a position she assumed in 1989. In this capacity, she directs and implements the corporate giving program, manages media placements and is responsible for the coordination of senior management on boards and commissions. Prior to joining American Express in 1987, Ms. Scates served as Executive Vice President of the Scottsdale Arts Center Association from 1982 to 1987. In addition, she served as Executive Assistant to Governor Rose Mofford from 1988 to 1989, and worked as a media consultant in 1980. From 1979 to 1980, she served as Public Affairs Director and Press Secretary for Representative Morris K. Udall and the U.S. House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. She is a member of the United Way Kids Plus Funding Committee, the ASU College of Fine Arts Dean's Council, and the Southwest Human Development Board. Ms. Scates is also a member of the Teach for America Advisory Board and the Friends of the Phoenix Library. She is a former member of the Arizona Theater Company. Ms. Scates attended American University, Georgetown University, and Arizona State University in Tempe.
The Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is charged with advising and consulting with the Board of Trustees for the Center. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding existing and prospective cultural activities to be featured at the Center. In addition, the members of the Committee assist in the Center's fundraising and act as liaisons to performance groups and performing arts centers throughout the nation.