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Deborah Cullinan

Deborah Cullinan

Deborah Cullinan joined Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as CEO in September 2013. With her
stewardship, YBCA has sharpened its mission and vision; re-grounding the organization in its
origins as a citizen institution and San Francisco’s premiere art center built by the community,
for the community. Fostering a “culture of invitation”; Cullinan brings together creative citizens
of all kinds to spur social change. Prior to joining YBCA, Deborah served as the Executive
Director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts for 17 years. Under her leadership,
Intersection became a powerful arts-focused community development organization committed
to radical partnerships across sectors to achieve equitable community change. She is a co-
founder of ArtsForum SF, and a member of the Board of California Arts Advocates, Californians
for the Arts, MissionHub, and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust. She is on the Advisory
Board of the Catalyst Initiative, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Howlround, the San
Francisco Arts Education Project, and the Community Visions Project/Americas for the Arts. She
is co-chair of the San Francisco Arts Alliance and is a Rockwood Fellow, a Gerbode Fellow and
alumni of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.

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