Margaret Porter Troupe, born and raised in Gloster, Mississippi, graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English.  She was an account executive at The New York Times for 16 years before embarking on In a career in the arts that spans more than 30 years, she has achieved distinction as a producer of cultural events in New York City and in San Diego, California, with her entrepreneurial spirit and passionate dedication to the arts as director of the Harlem Arts Salon and the former owner of Porter Troupe Gallery. 

Her career bringing arts education and enrichment to young people began with her award-winning  after-school program: VeVe: Visual Environments for Visual Education, in San Diego, CA, where professional artists mentored high school would be artists and taught middle-school  bookmaking, poetry, drawing, painting, puppetry, papier-mache sculpture, and other art-making activities.

Before founding The Gloster Project in 2014, Ms Porter Troupe was executive director of Harlem Textile Works, a community-based nonprofit arts education program and social enterprise that trained youth in silkscreen printing and graphic design.