Our team of Artsy Advisors is composed of highly connected Creative Industry leaders
who believe in the power of the visual, performing, and culinary arts to bring
people together. Their insight and creative brilliance help us to design unique
and unforgettable programs for the San Diego community.
ALLISON ANDREWS is founder and director of Fashion Week San Diego® (FSWD), president of APA Business Consulting and executive director of FAB Authority. A passionate entrepreneur, Andrews founded FSWD in 2007, growing the year-long event to become one of the biggest and most prominent Southern California events, and the only bi-national Fashion Week in the world. Prior to launching FWSD, Andrews founded APA Business Consulting, a consulting firm that supports startups and entrepreneurs with business, brand development, marketing, and sales strategies. She started the company in 2005, at the age of 20. In 2015, she also launched the FAB Authority, a non-for-profit organization, providing resources and events for emerging artists, designers and beauty industry professionals. Andrews’ passion for helping and empowering others is apparent in all that she touches. In addition to her full-time commitments with FWSD, APA Business Consulting, and the FAB Authority, Andrews is an active community member, sitting on the board of several not-for-profit organizations and donating her time to support others. She serves as a Board member and longtime volunteer for Rancho Coastal Humane Society (12 years) and is a volunteer and donor for Love on a Leash pet therapy and St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services. A recognized and respected industry thought leader, Andrews speaks frequently at various San Diego events, led by professional organizations, as well as local colleges, graduations, networking events, seminars and other fashion events. In 2013, she was selected as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. Andrews holds an Associate of Arts degree in Merchandise Marketing from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from National University.
CHARLOTTE CAGAN is a non‐profit executive with extensive experience in organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, community engagement and institutional revitalization. She has led six nonprofits to achieve their mission, vision, and goals, including an 11-county food bank and a city women’s commission. She has provided leadership for four museums in organizational rejuvenation, financial stabilization, and growth, community engagement, and re-branding. She has developed strategic alliances, coalitions, and public/private partnerships, and she has a broad range of experience that spans arts and culture, education, human service, business, and government. Cagan has also been a consultant to cultural, educational and business organizations in marketing, fundraising, event planning, strategic planning and organizational development. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards including arts, environmental, human services and leadership development organizations. Cagan has a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from Cornell University with post-graduate study at Harvard and Columbia universities as well as continuing studies at Stanford University.
SHAUN CASSIDY holds 20+ years of experience in the fields of sales and marketing, e-commerce, and social media technologies. He is the founder of Cassidy Creative Solutions – a speaking, training, and consulting firm that helps professionals, non-profit organizations and corporations leverage social media, internet sales, and marketing strategies through storytelling across platforms. Cassidy Creative Solutions clients and partners have been featured in the following global sites: The New York Times, Forbes, WGBH Boston, Univision, ABC News, CNN, CBS News, NBC Latino, WGN, The Huffington Post, Le Monde, Drudge, the front page of Yahoo!, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Reader, KPBS San Diego, iHeart, Fox 5 San Diego, Los Angeles Times, Daily Maul UK, BBC Ireland and UK.
SCOTT B. DAVIS has made photographs that explore unremarkable wilderness corridors and anonymous urban spaces in the American landscape since the 1990’s. A platinum printer for two decades, his night photographs and recent work with platinum paper negatives examine the far ends of the visible spectrum and consider the limits of human perception. His work with large format wooden view cameras (8”x10” up to 16”x20”) facilitates working slowly and affords large-scale negatives used for platinum printing. His work is created with wooden view cameras ranging in size from 8” x 10” to 16” x 20”. scott b. davis’s photographs have been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and other print media. His work can be found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Pier 24, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, and others. davis’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, in Germany and Japan.
In 2012 davis founded the Medium Festival of Photography, an annual event that brings emerging and established contemporary photographers to San Diego for four-days of portfolio reviews, artist lectures, exhibitions, and related events.
TARA GRAVISS has been involved in nonprofit arts education in San Diego for over 16 years, serving in various capacities: volunteer, teaching artist, trustee and now as Executive Director of Arts for Learning, San Diego. A lifelong devotion to the arts and education combined with a proven background in business make her a dynamic leader and advocate for students, families, communities, and artists. Tara is a passionate and dedicated professional with the experience needed to lead and develop organizational performance through collaboration and partnership. Her 20+ years of experience in international hospitality services ensure she has all the customer service and operational skills to be a change agent in the long term sustainability of arts education in our schools and communities. Tara holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School and Expressive Arts Institute. Tara is a visual artist and poet and dedicates her private practice to supporting women recovering from trauma.
VICTORIA L. HAMILTON serves as the Arts and Culture Advocate at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego. She was the founding director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture where she led this nationally recognized multi-million dollar local arts agency for 24 years. At the Commission, she achieved unanimous approval of a plan for 2% for public art in capital improvement and 1% in private development as well as for the Penny for the Arts Blueprint for increased arts and culture funding.
With over 30 years in the field of arts administration, she is recognized for her pioneering leadership and work on public policy, cultural tourism, grantmaking and cultural diversity initiatives. Victoria has served as President of United States Urban Arts Federation and California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies; been a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council and on public policy committees at state and national levels. She currently serves as Vice-President on Californians for the Arts board, Co-chair of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition and as a member of the Balboa Park Conservancy and NTC Foundation. She has received numerous awards including the Ray Hanley Innovation Award given by the United States Urban Arts Federation for “outstanding individual contributions to arts and culture in American cities,” and the Selena Roberts Ottum Award, given at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention “for outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field.”
DOROTHY LEONARD is Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School, where for 20 years she taught MBA and executive courses focused on innovation, product design, and knowledge transfer, including original programs, such as Enhancing Corporate Creativity. She has consulted for major corporations (e.g., IBM, 3M) and governments (e.g., Sweden, Indonesia) and has published numerous books (e.g., Critical Knowlege Transfer, Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts) articles (e.g., “Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design”) and dozens of teaching cases. Her book, When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups, co-authored with Walter Swap, was awarded “Best Book on Creativity” by the European Association for Creativity and Innovation. In 2013, she was appointed a Leonardo Laureate in Europe for her “thought leadership in Knowledge Management, Innovation and Creativity.” Professor Leonard is co-founder of the training and executive coaching company, Leonard-Barton Group and also a visual artist, specializing in watercolor portraits.
JOHN MALASHOCK brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater and film to his current endeavors as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance & The Malashock Dance School, during which time he has created over 70 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films. John founded Malashock Dance in 1988, after a distinguished performing career. Under his leadership, Malashock Dance has grown to become one of California’s premiere dance companies and his work has now been presented throughout the United States, Central America, Japan and Central Europe.
With the Tharp Company, he performed worldwide; appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus; was featured in numerous television specials; and performed in benefit concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Malashock has many notable collaborative credits to his name. He has choreographed for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre, and the San Diego Rep. His work has been commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society and San Diego Opera. He has garnered four Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on over 30 affiliate PBS stations nationwide. His recent collaboration with The San Diego Museum of Art, The Floating World, was widely praised.
A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing and establishing Dance Place San Diego at Liberty Station. As an Artist in Residence at the La Jolla Playhouse, John is currently developing a dance musical based on the life, work, and relationships of artist Marc Chagall.