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Artsy Advisors


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 non-profits 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 Solution 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.

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.”

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.