Posted 3/25/2013 12:00 am
Updated 11 months ago
Stephanie S. Streett is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, including the center’s educational programs, special events, exhibits and services, as well as staff management.
Background: Streett, who has a B.S. in political science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, was a staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. She was elected congressional liaison for Young Democrats of America in 1989. Streett eturned to Arkansas and worked on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and transition. She went on to serve as assistant to the president and director of presidential scheduling. In 2001, she was named executive director of the Clinton Foundation.
Personal: Streett lives in Little Rock with her husband, Don Erbach, and their three daughters.
Q: How do you coordinate efforts between the New York office of the Clinton Foundation and the Little Rock office?
A: The Clinton Center is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation. All the initiatives work under the umbrella of the foundation. Each has its own mission, but we all work together to ensure the foundation is as effective as possible. The collaboration is essential to the operations of Little Rock and New York; however, the coordination extends well beyond those two locations as the foundation has more than 1,300 staff and volunteers working in 50 countries.
Please describe a typical workday.
Like any working mom, my “work” day starts at home getting my three daughters off to school. As for a typical day, I can’t say there’s a formula. Because the center is a premier educational and cultural venue, I invest a lot of my time cultivating partnerships with a variety of entities to bring dynamic speakers, exhibits, conferences and programs to Little Rock.
For example, last fall, we hosted more than 40 former heads of state and government for the Club de Madrid’s annual conference, and in October, we welcomed the Department of State’s “Experience America” program led by the Office of the Chief of Protocol and which included 45 ambassadors representing countries on four continents.
Recently, we hosted former Vice President Al Gore as part of the Clinton Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series. In addition to center programming, I also oversee the operations of our on-site restaurant, Forty Two, and the Clinton Museum Store.
What are your favorite aspects of the job?
Continuing to work for President Clinton. He is such a brilliant leader and devoted public servant, and I learn from his example every day. But what has moved me the most is what he has done, and continues to do, for Arkansas. My biggest challenge is balancing work and family.
What has been your proudest on-the-job accomplishment as executive director?
I am extremely proud that we continue to achieve President Clinton’s vision of what the Clinton Center could be: a place where people could come together to learn about the history of their country and the world and to be inspired to public service.
Since opening in November 2004, the center has welcomed more than 2.7 million visitors. Additionally, he wanted a venue that would bring history to the heartland. For example, in partnership with Mount Vernon, we will celebrate Independence Day this year by showcasing George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
President Clinton also wanted the center to focus on education. Every day, we have school groups that tour the center, and do so at no charge. We offer transportation grants so any school group can have access to the center. We work with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop meaningful curriculum. When I see school buses parked in Celebration Circle, I know we are doing our job.