George Tzougros is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. Tzougros works with the creative industries, Wisconsin Arts Board members and staff, the Governor, and state legislature to create funding programs and services to meet the needs of the people of Wisconsin. Tzougros is a member of the Governor’s Council on Tourism and the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin. He is also the chair of the National Creativity Network; a co-founder of the Wisconsin Science Festival; a board member of Arts Midwest and the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation; and Past President of both Wisconsin/Chiba Incorporated and Film Wisconsin.
He was awarded the 2019 recipient of the Michael Newton Award from Americans for the Arts.
Tzougros has served as Executive Director of the Arts Board since 1996; prior to that date he served four years as the Arts Board’s Assistant Director, and was responsible for arts education, community arts development, and presenting and touring.