Deborah E. Mikula has been the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing since 2013. She is a native of Michigan and her work has entailed leading strong and successful nonprofit arts and cultural organizations here in Michigan and Washington DC.
She is a renowned expert on the resources and programs that an arts council provides to artists and arts organizations and places a high priority on any creative project that creates a sense of place, showcases a community’s authentic heritage, and contributes to the economic prosperity of a region.
Debbie served for a year as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of ArtServe Michigan and for ten years prior as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA) where she regenerated the enthusiasm and helped to build the capacity of arts and cultural organizations across Michigan with her expertise and knowledge.
Through her leadership, MACAA was recognized as one of the state’s outstanding arts institutions when it was awarded the 2004 Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture. Prior to this, Debbie was the CEO of Cultural Communications and served as the Executive Director of the League of Historic American Theatres in Washington DC, a national nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and reuse of historic theatres in the United States.
Debbie has a bachelor's degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and earned her Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from The American University in Washington DC.