Hillary Plate is a passionate advocate for arts in education who steadfastly believes that the arts provide a platform for teaching human values, social intelligence, and positive problem solving for 21st Century challenges while inspiring dialogue on social justice and diversity in a changing world. Her many roles in professional arts world range from working for regional theatre companies, television, publishing, to live and digital production for performing arts organizations. For the last 15 years she resided in the New York City area and served Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Education in a variety of roles for nearly a decade. During her tenure she had the honor of curating seven series and partnering with dozens of respected organizations to produce more than 200 performances on and off campus each year. The daughter of two Navy veterans and honor graduate of Virginia Beach Public Schools, she is grateful for the inspiration and vision that the arts provided her as her family experienced deployments and transfers during her youth. She proudly returns to the VB-Norfolk area to contribute to the growth and influence of the arts in Virginia’s education community. Hillary attended Virginia Tech, is a published author and editor, a co-founder of the arts and education committee at WOMEX conference, recipient of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Emeriti Award, alumnus of APAP’s Emerging Leadership Institute and a proud wife and mother of a precocious three year old.