• Executive Director

Catherine Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar serves as executive director of the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous urban cultural neighborhood in the United States and world headquarters of the Global Cultural Districts Network. For two decades she has worked as an award-winning multimedia journalist for national public radio stations and programs, PegasusNews.com, Sojourners magazine and The Dallas Morning News among others.

Previously, Ms. Cuellar spent five years as communications manager for the sixth-largest electric power grid in the U.S., Oncor. She served as company spokeswoman during construction of more than 1,000 miles of new CREZ transmission lines, deployment of more than 3 million advanced digital "smart" meters, installation of public charging stations for electric vehicles, and creation of hike and bike trails in utility transmission easements.

Ms. Cuellar was a 2011 White House Fellows regional finalist, was recognized among the Dallas Business Journal's 2013 "40 Under 40," and was honored in 2007 as one of the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce's Five Outstanding Young Dallasites. Currently she serves on the boards of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Rhodes College Alumni Association. She is also a contributing author to the Dallas Noir short fiction anthology published in 2013 by Akashic Books and was a featured speaker at the 2013 TEDxTurtleCreekWomen.