Kerry Adams Hapner

Director of Cultural Affairs and Deputy Director of Economic Development
City of San Jose
San Jose, California

As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose, Kerry Adams Hapner leads the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). The mission of the OCA is to champion the arts and cultural vitality for San Jose’s one million ethnically diverse residents and its visitors. Her portfolio includes public art, creative placemaking, special events, cultural funding, convention and cultural facility management, creative entrepreneurship, conventions and visitor bureau, and the creative economy. She has led the development of significant cultural policy and programs including: Cultural Connection: San Jose’s Cultural Plan for 2011-2020; cultural development goals for Envision San Jose 2040, the general plan update; and the Cultural Funding Portfolio: Investments in Art, Creativity, and Culture.

In 2014 and 2015, Kerry was named one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the United States’ nonprofit arts sector in Barry’s Blog, published by the Western States Arts Federation. She regularly writes on and speaks at national conferences on a wide range of topics from creative placemaking to cultural development to art and technology. From 2013-2016, she served as the Chair of the United States Urban Arts Federation, comprised of the local art agency executive directors of the 60 largest US cities and has served on the executive committee since 2010. For eight years, she has served on the board of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates. She is a member of ArtTable, an organization comprised of women leaders in the visual arts.

Kerry earned her bachelor of art degree at University of California at Los Angeles where she studied art history and business administration. She has a certificate in Fine Art Appraisal Studies from the University of California at Irvine. Currently, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary master in liberal arts degree at Stanford University.