THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOE VELASQUEZ TO THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS FOR THE JOHN F. KENNEDY
CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The President announced today his intent to appoint Joe Velasquez to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Joe Velasquez, of Reston, Virginia, is President of Strategy Group International, a government and public affairs consulting firm. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Mr. Velasquez as his White House Deputy Political Director, a position that he held until 1995. Earlier, he served in a series of executive positions with the AFL-CIO. Mr. Velasquez has served on the boards of Boy Scouts of America, CARE, the March of Dimes, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and United Way International.
Mr. Velasquez received his Bachelor's Degree from Indiana State University.
The President's Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts advises and consults with the Board of Trustees for the Center, and 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 efforts and act as liaisons to performance groups and performing arts centers throughout the nation.