Appointed as Program Manager, Policy and Evaluation, San Francisco Arts Commission


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, American Studies, University of Southern California

Position Description

Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being and we strive to integrate the arts into all aspects of city life. Our programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, and Street Artist Licensing. The Cultural Equity Grants program awards project-based grants to San Francisco Arts Organizations and individual artists to nurture the continued growth of a vibrant arts scene that celebrates the City’s diversity and it’s variety of cultural traditions.

The ACLS Public Fellow will focus on grant-making systems evaluation and change. This position will report to the Cultural Equity Grants Program Director. The first year would be an assessment and recommendation phase, including an evaluation of current processes and strategy, best practice research, and recommendations aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness. We are interested in incorporating data-based decision making into all of our programmatic work, and ensuring we have measurable objectives and outcomes in place in order to understand our impact. The second year of the position would be the implementation phase, with the fellow overseeing the transition to the new systems.