Pia Agrawal joined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as Program Director in August 2014 where she ensures the success of the center’s public programming including the Mitchell Artist Lecture, the annual CounterCurrent Festival, and activities relating to the Mitchell Center Artists-in-Residence program. Prior to her work at the Mitchell Center, she served as the Managing Director of the Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) and as Programming Director of FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA). She has also freelanced as an event planner for nonprofits including the Austin Film Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On top of her full-time pursuits, Ms. Agrawal works with young, independent theater and dance artists on fundraising, tour management and publicity. She has served on grant panels for organizations including the the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division (2014), Fusebox Festival (2013), the MAP Fund (2013) and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2010). Ms. Agrawal is a graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in sociology and economics.