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Deborah Cullinan | Vice President of the Arts

Stanford University

After a national search, Deborah Cullinan has been appointed as Vice President of the Arts at Stanford University. In this important role she will collaborate across professional, academic and public communities to bring forward a comprehensive, future-facing vision and plan for the arts.

Cullinan previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Cullinan is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the pivotal role artists and arts organizations can play in shaping our social and political landscape and has spent years enriching communities through arts and culture. During her tenure at YBCA, she launched several bold new programs, engagement strategies and civic coalitions, including the YBCA100, the Artist Power Center, and a guaranteed income pilot program for artists in partnership with the city of San Francisco. She is committed to revolutionizing the role art centers play in public life.

Before joining YBCA in 2013, she was the executive director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts. She is a co-founder of CultureBank, co-chair of the San Francisco Arts Alliance, vice-chair of the Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy, and secretary of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust board. She served as the inaugural Field Leader in Residence at Arizona State University’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation and is a former Innovator in Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. She served on San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s San Francisco Economic Recovery Task Force and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Jobs and Business Recovery Task Force.

IM Partner Regan Gough led this search with Brett Barbour.