Commissioners and Staff

Stephanie B. Conner


Term: 2018-2023, Congressional District 5

Governor Bill Haslam appointed Stephanie Barger Conner for a five-year term to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2018.

Stephanie previously served on the Commission from 2012-2017 and 2002-2007, which included service as Chair for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 and Chair for FY2016-2017. During 2014, Conner was chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Prior to her work with the Commission, she served as executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. She has also served as Assistant to the Governor for Policy, and Assistant to the Governor for Boards and Commissions.

Stephanie has been Board President of Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) and served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of South Arts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of TFTA.

She received her bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. Stephanie is married to Forrest Conner and they have three children.