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Katherine Potter Appointed as New Deputy Director


Katherine Potter

Executive Director Jill Love has selected her new deputy director.

Katherine Potter, currently a consultant with Pathway Associates, has been appointed to the role. She will begin in early March.

“I met Katherine several years ago, when she was the point person on the opening and management of the Eccles Theater,” Love said in an email. “One of her assignments was to bridge the relationship between Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County as they built the theater jointly. It took a particular skill set to navigate the personalities and agendas in both government agencies.”

Love said that Potter will bring valuable nonprofit and community planning experience to the department.

“I know her as a strong public administrator, a strong project manager, someone who is graceful in difficult situations and someone who treats everyone with respect,” she said.

Potter replaces Kerri Nakamura, who is now the chief of staff for Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.

Here is her formal bio:

Katherine Potter comes to the Department of Heritage & Arts with more than 20 years of experience in management with nonprofit and government organizations. In her recent work as a consultant with Pathway Associates, she worked in capital campaign management, fundraising strategy, event planning, and program evaluation for a range of human services, arts, and educational nonprofits.

Katherine has extensive experience working in development, marketing, strategic planning, and financial analysis with performing arts organizations, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago), the Flea Theater (NYC), Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (NYC and China), and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (Chicago). 

Under Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Arts & Culture. In this role, she represented the city in the strategic oversight of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater. She also has a strong background and passion for education, having served as the Associate Director of Admission at Rowland Hall, as well as prior roles as an educator, tutor, test prep instructor, and student advisor/mentor.

Outside of her professional roles, Katherine currently serves on the Fine Arts Advisory Board for the University of Utah College of Fine Arts and as the Board Chair for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Katherine holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Duke University.