The Community Investments Program (CIP) is committed to supporting and building cultural resources for our City’s diverse arts communities. Community Investments stewards the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund, the Neighborhood Cultural Centers funds and other City resources to foster the values and increase the impact of cultural equity and neighborhood arts. Community Investments supports San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants, technical assistance and capacity building, economic development, arts education initiatives and community-based Cultural Centers.
The Community Investments Program (CIP) brings together the Community Arts & Education (CAE) and the Cultural Equity Grants (CEG) programs in response to the 2014 San Francisco Arts Commission Strategic Plan. The San Francisco Arts Commission recognizes that these two founding programs were created through decades of community activism, arts advocacy and neighborhood cultural engagement. Through the alignment of these programs, the SFAC will better provide equitable access to cultural resources and create more sustainable impact across the arts ecosystem.
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Prior to directing the Community Investment team, Judy was program director for the Community Arts and Education program. Prior to joining SFAC, she was manager of arts and tourism for SF Travel. In addition, Judy was a long-time talent agent and artist manager and co-founded and directed a business, based in San Francisco and Seattle, that represented a roster of performing artists from throughout the United States and Europe. She has worked with a diverse range of artists and arts organizations as a booking agent, artist manager and consultant, and has produced and commissioned new works for theater, dance, and music. Judy has served as a volunteer and board member for many local organizations and is currently co-chair of the Arts Education Master Plan Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Unified School District. She is an alumni of the University of San Francisco and the Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership training.
Barbara Mumby received a dual Master’s in Museum Studies and Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Native American Studies from the U.C. Berkeley. Ms. Mumby spent the previous eight years designing and implementing large-scale early childhood grantmaking initiatives in both Alameda and Merced counties, through their respective First 5 organizations. She also has extensive experience in education and arts administration, where she successfully collaborated with schools to bring the arts into the classroom; developed culturally accurate curriculum in partnership with marginalized communities; and instructed students of all ages and abilities in the fine arts and ceramics.
Before joining the agency as arts education program officer, Liz Ozol founded and served for eight years as principal of New Highland Academy, a public elementary school in East Oakland with a vibrant arts program. Ms. Ozol’s prior history includes working as a Spanish bilingual elementary teacher, teacher coach, dance teaching artist and as an award-winning choreographer and performer in the Bay Area. Ms. Ozol holds an administrative credential through New Leaders for New Schools, a nationally recognized organization that prepares school leaders to transform underperforming urban schools. She earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley.
Ebony McKinney serves as a program officer. She previously held positions with The BRITDOC Foundation in London, Intersection for the Arts, and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. McKinney was a part of the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts, where she co-chaired the engagement committee and the Emerging Ideas committee. She currently serves on the citizens advisory committee of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. McKinney holds an MA in cultural entrepreneurship and an M.A. in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Robynn is a community artist whose work has been presented through video, web, and gallery installation. She contributed to national and local public radio programs including the Peabody-awarded documentary on Asian American history, Crossing East. In addition to sitting on the board of Freedom Archives, a collection of the progressive history in the Bay Area, United States, and international movements, Robynn served on the CPB-funded Makers Quest Talent Committee, charged with finding the most imaginative producers, reporters, and sound artists and urging them to take public radio beyond its traditional airwaves. She produces Apex Express, a weekly magazine-style radio show on KPFA featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community, with a team of activists, journalists, and DJs, and was executive producer for Sights and Sounds of Bayview with local public radio station 91.7 FM KALW.
Kate Faust is a musician, poet, and policy analyst. Her research focuses on issues of equity in housing, health, education and the arts. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley and her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College. When she is not busy with research and data analyses, you can find her recording and touring with her band BLKKATHY. Their work has been featured in Waxed Poetics Magazine, Complex, Spin Magazine, Fader, Vice, and BBC Radio 1.
Cristal Fiel is an arts administrator, writer and artist with a dual B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. She has served as administrative coordinator and later board member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and former board member of the Friends of Oakland Public Library. She participated in Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High theatre production as a playwright and stage manager. Cristal was a reporter for a segment of the Sights and Sounds of Bayview, a joint project with 97.1FM KALW and SFAC with funding support from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She was a fellow in VONA/Voices multi-genre writing workshop for emerging writers of color. She is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington’s Information School.
Gisela Insuaste is an artist, educator, and cultural worker. As a Brooklyn transplant, she loves exploring the San Francisco Bay Area on bike, and making sculptures and drawings inspired by urban and natural spaces. Recently, she managed art, nature, and wellness programs at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. She has many years experience working in cultural organizations in Chicago, Washington DC, and New York, including the Smithsonian Institute, Columbia College Chicago, the History Museum of Chicago, and El Museo del Barrio in NY. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and studio art from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.