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. She is currently the Executive Director of Belonging and Equity at John Muir Health where she leads the network's equity strategy in workforce development, health outcome and community engagement.

Dr. Dao-Shah has 10 years of experience in research, teaching, and consulting in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with a special focus on the cultural and healthcare sector. Her consulting clients include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Grantmakers for the Arts, the Federation of States Humanities Council, California Council for the Arts, DataArts/SMU, the City of Berkeley, and National Farm to School Network.


She served as the Senior Racial Equity and Policy Analyst at the San Francisco Arts Commission, where she led the agency to pass the first racial equity action plan in the City and County of San Francisco. She was also the first Director of Health Equity at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Dao-Shah currently served on the Board of Directors 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.


Dr. Dao-Shah is a published writer with academic essays, poetry, and prose featured in Positions, the Vietnamese Studies Journal and multiple anthologies and textbooks.

Listen to her podcast discussing diversity, equity, belonging, and justice leadership HERE.

Dr. Anh Thang Dao-Shah

Dr. Anh Thang Dao-Shah

IMG_9890 cropped.jpg

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.