Catherine Willoughby ’12 graduated from the University of Charleston, South Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management. During graduate school, Catherine was able to expand her passion for arts advocacy and administration through an internship position with the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, a close relationship that she still maintains today. She has worked with Piccolo Spoleto as a Box Office Administrator for the past five years and plans to assist with the widely-anticipated MOJA Festival this October. Shortly after graduation, Catherine received an opportunity to serve as a civilian federal employee for the navy within their human resources department.
The leadership, policy advocacy and non-profit management skills she obtained through her experience and education in the MPA program has served Catherine well during her position as President of the Goose Creek Lions Club; the Lions Club raised over $40,000 for various charities under her 2014 – 2016 tenure. During her spare time, Catherine enjoys exploring museum and studio exhibits, theatre, live music of virtually kind, and trying out new restaurants in Charleston’s ever-evolving culinary industry.