Miranda Restovic is president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), the Louisiana affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Restovic previously served as LEH deputy director, as well as director of the LEH’s award-winning and nationally implemented PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program.
With a relentless focus on LEH’s mission to partner with communities, institutions, and individuals to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on our present, and imagine our future, the LEH, during Restovic’s leadership, has tripled in size and impact as an organization. Guided by the belief that literacy is foundational and access to the humanities is a public good, she has led the LEH through strategic expansion of humanities-based programming designed with and for Louisiana’s children, families, and educators. She has directed federal initiatives, including PRIME TIME’s tenth national expansion grant and the first humanities-based Head Start program, funded by Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also forged important national and local partnerships, such as those with: the Smithsonian Institution; Blue Star Families; the Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; and Louisiana’s regional arts councils.
Restovic holds an M.A. in public administration from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in international relations and Italian from Mount Holyoke College, where she was awarded the Robert P. Sibley Creative Writing Award.