Caroline Hammond is the Program Director for the Texas Cultural Trust, a statewide arts non-profit, advocating for the role of the arts in education. She leads the development of a technology intensive high school arts curriculum implemented in more than 250 schools across the state. The Trust also studies the impact of creative learning on student outcomes. The Trust is developing a grassroots campaign funded by the Houston Endowment to research, district-by-district, the access Texas public school children currently have to arts education. Previously, Caroline worked for the United States Department of Education in the Office of Postsecondary Education, for the Texas Legislature House Higher Education Committee, and interned for the First Lady at the White House. Caroline, an Austin native, is a graduate of Pepperdine University earning a BA in Art History and French. She is a member of the Junior League of Austin, a founding member of EngageATX, serves on the Austin Film Society INDIEpendents committee and the SXSWedu Advisory Board. Outside of work, Caroline is an avid cook, tennis player and considers herself to be a high functioning hippie. Caroline loves to hike, spend time at town lake, and walking in her neighborhood, Clarksville. Caroline became a mentor with Explore Austin to encourage girls to be brave, not perfect, and to live into the fullness of who they are meant to be. Caroline is still learning this herself.
Explore Austin is excited to have Caroline on the Class of 2022 team and looks forward to the impact she will have in the lives of her Explorers! Click HERE to read about more of our awesome mentors!