As executive director of the foundation, Hancock will manage all aspects of annual fundraising and community outreach programs, including the Mighty Musical Monday organ concerts, First Friday Open House events, and the Youth Arts Alliance program for underprivileged schoolchildren. She will also work closely with the board of directors to oversee the management of the theatre, that presents more than 50 touring events each year, and to promote the non-profit mission of the foundation in the community.
The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 1996. A board of directors was formed and charged with preserving the historic building for generations to come as a community asset and center for arts and culture in Knoxville. Fulfilling this mission, the Tennessee Theatre is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera, and it is frequently rented by other local organizations.
Hancock previously served as general manager of the Tennessee Theatre from 2001 to 2007 and was part of a team that oversaw the comprehensive restoration project completed at the theater in 2005. After leaving in 2007, Hancock served as assistant director of the historic preservation advocacy group, Knox Heritage, focusing largely on fund development, marketing and special events.