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, Felicia served for eight years as Director of Arts and Culture Strategy and Analysis at the San Diego Foundation, where she directed a portfolio of community and civic engagement programs including a fellowship program for creative entrepreneurs, a grant program supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts, an arts-based placemaking and community building initiative, and a leadership training program for early career arts administrators. 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 a number initiatives designed to promote San Diego as a leading cultural tourism destination. She currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), and Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). Locally, she serves on the boards of the Greater St Louis Community Foundation and FOCUS St. Louis. Felicia has been recognized by several entities including the 2015 Amherst Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Institute, San Diego Magazine “Women who Mean Business” Award (2012), and numerous other awards. A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. degree in Communications, Felicia completed post-graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Felicia is also a graduate of FOCUS’ Experience St. Louis program.
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