Karen Mittelman began her role as executive director of the Vermont Arts Council on October 16, 2017. She was previously director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. Mittelman brings to the Arts Council more than 30 years of experience in the public sector and the federal cultural arena. She held a senior position at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and served as curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Mittelman received a bachelor’s degree in American civilization and a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania and American University and is a published author.