With 18 years of experience in nonprofit and cultural programming, Meghan Wells currently provides leadership to the City of Austin as the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division Manager. She is responsible for developing arts, culture, and creative industries as economic development strategies, overseeing current programming and services for the creative community, facilitating planning and integration of supportive initiatives into larger civic and community efforts, and seeking innovative policies to advance local, regional, and national arts conversations. Meghan previously served the Division’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program for eleven years, first as a Project Manager and, since 2010, as the Program Administrator. During her tenure, the program commissioned over 70 new permanent pieces to the City’s public art collection of nearly 200 artworks and over 30 temporary artworks through the TEMPO program. Prior to joining the City of Austin, Wells worked with the public art programs at Texas Tech University and Alameda County, CA, as well as with the USS Hornet Museum and the Missouri School Boards Association. Wells has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rockhurst University, and a Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University.