Kennedy Center vet on track for cultural affairs post

Ann Stock, VP of institutional affairs at the Kennedy Center, is one step closer to becoming assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural Affairs, a post to which she was recently appointed by President Obama.

At a confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Stock received a warm welcome from members of the panel. She told the committee that she would work to advance the mission of the State Dept.’s educational and cultural affairs bureau. She would also spearhead other State Dept. objectives that impact the international arts community.

A veteran Washingtonian, Stock has worked for the center since 1997, overseeing efforts to boost its national and international profile and managing its international arts management programs. She will ankle the post upon her expected confirmation.

Her background also includes a four-year posting as White House social secretary during the Clinton administration, working closely with then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

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