About the Secretary

Kristen Wishon, Senior Director of External Affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Kristen Wishon is a longtime strategic communications professional with a special affinity for the nonprofit sector, the arts, environmental causes and education. She is currently the Director of Communications at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, where she works closely with the region’s arts and culture community.

Kristen is a jack-of-all-trades with experience ranging from marketing campaigns and social media planning to media relations, email marketing and publication development. She is used to doing more with less.

Most recently, Kristen led the branding, marketing and public relations for the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts with the PA Council on the Arts. She also supported the 90 Painted Chairs campaign and auction with VisitPITTSBURGH, who also awarded her and the Arts Council with the Marketing Partner of the Year award. Kristen previously worked at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater, and an independent woman-owned private public relations firm. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism/public relations from West Virginia University.

Kristen does not remember what her hobbies were pre-pandemic. You can always find her posting dog photos, gardening, or volunteering with Assemble Pittsburgh. Pro tip: Kristen is a West Virginia native and will make you pepperoni rolls, upon request.