Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector.
Previously, she served for eight years as director of arts and culture strategy and analysis at the San Diego Foundation, where she directed a diverse portfolio of community and civic engagement programs including a fellowship program for creative entrepreneurs, a grant program supporting neighborhood revitalization, a creative placemaking initiative, and a leadership training program for early career arts administrators. While at the Foundation, she also managed the Balboa Park Trust. Prior to joining the San Diego Foundation, Felicia was program manager at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, responsible for implementing the annual grants program and several initiatives and projects designed to promote San Diego as a leading cultural tourism destination. In San Diego, she was an active and vocal advocate for the arts and served on the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition for many years.
Locally, she serves as chair of FOCUS St. Louis, as vice-chair of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, and as treasurer of the St. Louis Artplace Project. She is past-chair of the Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation, an affinity group of executive directors of the country’s 60 largest local arts agencies. She is an alumnus of the 2015 Amherst Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Institute and was recognized with the San Diego Magazine “Women who Mean Business” Award (2012), among others. A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. degree in communications, Felicia completed postbaccalaureate studies at the University of California, San Diego in art history, theory, and criticism.