Anh Thang Dao-Shah was born in Vietnam, grew up in Germany and Poland and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her dissertation is a multilingual and multidisciplinary research on the intersection of race, gender and ethnicity in Vietnamese migrant literature in the United States and Europe. She has received multiple awards including 3 years of academic merit fellowship from USC and an American Association of University Women International Fellowship.


Ms. Dao is a published writer with academic essays, poetry, and prose featured in Positions, the Vietnamese Studies Journal and multiple anthologies and textbooks. She is a language aficionado who loves to travel.


Ms. Dao has 10 years of experience in research, teaching, and consulting in equity, with a special focus on the cultural sector. She has taught ethnic studies, women's studies and American ethnic literature at the University of California, Riverside, San Francisco State University and California College of the Art. Ms. Dao-Shah served as the Development Director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that aims to connect artists of the Vietnamese diaspora with the diverse audience of the Bay Area. She is currently the Senior Policy Analyst at the  San Francisco Arts Commission, where she conducts program evaluation, research and policy analysis to assist the agency in aligning with the value of cultural equity.


Dr. Anh Thang Dao-Shah

Dr. Anh Thang Dao-Shah


Kate Faust, MPP


Kate Faust wants to live in a world where everyone can afford to live in beautiful cities, neighbors plan block parties at least once a year, and she gets to walk to work.


Ms. Faust earned her Master’s of Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on urban arts policy and community economic development, housing equity, and finance structures in the creative economy. 


Ms. Faust has been the lead analyst for a range of clients including the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Akonadi Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and Grantmakers in the Arts. Prior to her work as a policy and evaluation consultant, Ms. Faust managed programs for the City University of New York, managed communications for the Social Science Research Center, and supported community engagement projects for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She over a decade of experience in government and nonprofit sectors and has worked in a broad range of policy areas including public finance, housing, public arts, and workforce development.



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