Former Executive Director
Kentucky Commission on Women
Eugenia K. Potter's life long efforts focus on women's equality, justice, and leadership, whether it is racial, political, educational or institutional. Her vision for a more tolerant world arises from growing up in Mobile, Alabama, just before the Civil Rights Movement.
After being part of the organizations Diversity Support Team to integrate Junior Leagues, Potter expanded her efforts to advocate for all women. After seeing a gap on the shelf, she researched and edited KENTUCKY WOMEN, a book of biographical essays.
She was appointed executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women under Gov. Paul Patton, and in that role, her office produced a website and video showing the impact of women on state history. The goal was to get more girls and women into the political and public service pipelines. As a speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council for a decade, Potter took her passion for Kentucky women on the road. She also wrote the text for a map called Where Louisville Women Made History and spearheaded designation of numerous Kentucky highway markers for women.
Potter holds BA and MAT degrees. She has served on many nonprofit boards and participated in Leadership Kentucky. Currently, she is on the boards of The Sutherland Foundation and The Kentucky Folk Art Center. She is also on the planning committee of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites to create a United States Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail. Potter has received many leadership awards and is listed in the Millennium edition of Who’s Who in America.