Felicia W Shaw

Executive Director
Regional Arts Commission of St Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri

Felicia W. Shaw has served as the executive director of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis since 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector to the position. Previously, she served for eight years as Director of Arts and Culture Strategy and Analysis at the San Diego Foundation, where she directed a portfolio of art-based grant and civic engagement programs, including oversight of 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, where she implemented the annual grants program and several initiatives designed to promote San Diego as a leading cultural tourism destination. She shares her expertise on several boards and executive committees including the Americans for the Arts United States Urban Arts Federation, St Louis Community Foundation, Invest STL and FOCUS St Louis. Felicia has been recognized for her years of service and leadership in the arts. Recent awards include: the “Who’s Who: Diversity in Color Award” (2015); “Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club – Arts Advocate Award” (2015); and the San Diego Magazine “Women who Mean Business” Award (2012). She is also a proud graduate of the Amherst Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Institute (2015) and 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.