Barbara Mumby-Huerta

Director, Community Investments
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California

Barbara Mumby-Huerta was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, where her family’s Native American heritage and work as migrant farmers greatly influenced her passion for social justice and equity issues. As Director of Community Investments at the San Francisco Arts Commission, Barbara oversees the Cultural Equity grants program, the Cultural Center Special Fund, the Arts Impact Endowment, Arts Education, and the Street Artist Licensing Program. Annually, she leads the distribution of approximately $11 million dollars to small and mid-sized arts non-profits, individual artists and teaching artists. Prior to joining SFAC, Barbara designed and implemented large-scale early childhood education initiatives and grant programs in both Alameda and Merced County through their respective First 5 organizations. She has also worked as a curator, teaching artist and visual artist working in various mediums such as textiles, metal, wood and clay.

Barbara obtained her undergraduate degrees in Native American Studies and Studio Arts from the University of California Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Museum Studies and Business Administration from the John F Kennedy University. Her research focus has been on the international repatriation of Native American cultural property in relation to healing historical trauma. She is passionate in her support for Indigenous communities in their fight for self-determination and has worked at the grass roots level around environmental and incarceration issues.